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Judge for now won't release immigrants with high virus risks

Added 04-04-20 07:22:01pm EST - “A federal judge declined to order the release of two people from immigration detention facilities in Maryland after their lawyers argued that they are at a high risk of death or serious illness from a coronavirus infection.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Judge for now won’t release immigrants with high virus risks”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - A federal judge declined to order the release of two people from immigration detention facilities in Maryland after their lawyers argued that they are at a high risk of death or serious illness from a coronavirus infection.

But U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang said he would quickly consider a similar release motion from the two men if COVID-19 is reported within their detention centers or if the centers do not adequately test people with suspected symptoms of the virus.

Chuang’s ruling late Friday came in a lawsuit filed by immigrants’ rights advocates. It follows other recent court orders to free people from immigration detention during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The two men who sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Maryland case have been held in civil detention at the Worcester County Detention Center and the Howard County Detention Center while waiting for their immigration cases to be resolved.

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