CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has confirmed an dangerous spike in cases of COVID-19 inside its detention centers.
1,073 - Immigrants have been tested
522 - Covid-19 Cases Confirmed
There are more than a dozen positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed inside two ICE facilities in the El Paso area:
El Paso Processing Center: 8
Otero County Processing Center: 10
Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services provides legal services to immigrants at both facilities.
As we deal with the threat of the coronavirus spreading to more people, our clients need your help more than ever. It is now a matter of life and death.
CONDITIONS IN DETENTION
“They don’t have soap. They don’t have anything available to protect themselves. They don’t have face coverings. There are 30, 40, 50 people in one barrack and they are all close to each other. There’s no social distancing available to them,” said DMRS Attorney Marina Chavez about the conditions her clients and other migrants are living in.
DMRS attorneys and staff are doing everything they can to get clients released, especially those who are considered high risk.
“I have a female client at the El Paso Processing Center and I’m concerned about her because I just got her medical records and she has been diagnosed with hypertension. The testing they have done for her indicates that she has had an infection for almost a month. She has also had several problems, including with her liver, that have not been looked at. Obviously, there is something going on. This lady has been going to medical almost every day for about a month complaining of headaches. Headaches are indicative of hypertension. There’s something wrong going on with her, and add COVID-19 which puts her at a greater risk, I am very concerned that this lady will end up in an ICU at some point,” said Chavez.
DMRS attorneys and staff are working around the clock to get migrants released. It is a process that Chavez said could take anywhere from a couple of days, to months.
“My clients have been kept in detention. Their lives are at risk. They have families. They have children. They have husbands. They are somebody’s child. They are somebody’s mother. They are in detention unnecessarily,” said Chavez.
YOU CAN HELP
"I ask that you allow us and help us in continuing our fight for their freedom. For them to be able to be safe. For their lives. This is a life and death issue, and so we ask you to help us to continue our fight."