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April 21, 2020

California man to announce 'major legal action' against ICE; report shows top 10 facilities for detainees
By Lisa Fernandez

SYRACUSE, New York - While testing remains very limited, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is reporting that about 125 detainees have tested positive for COVID-19 across 25 of its detention facilities. Additionally, two recent flights deporting ICE detainees to Guatemala were found to have large numbers of people who were already infected with the virus. That's according to a report released Tuesday by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which compiles data from ICE and immigration courts across the country. The new data was made public hours before Charles Joseph, who was recently released from the Mesa Verde Detention Center in Bakersfield, Calif., was scheduled to hold a news conference with the American Civil Liberties Union and the San Francisco Public Defender's Office. In a statement, the attorneys said they planned to announce a "major legal action against ICE." ICE officials have not yet had a chance to review the allegations to respond. As of April 6, the latest data available, ICE is holding 32,309 people in custody at 184 facilities spread throughout the United States, according to TRAC.

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