Thursday, July 8, 2021

COVID Cases Surging in Detention Centers as Illegal Immigrants Flood In; Biden Admin to Move $860M in COVID Funds to House Illegal Immigrant Children, and other C-Virus related stories

COVID Cases Surging in Detention Centers as Illegal Immigrants Flood In:
The number of COVID-19 cases has spiked in illegal immigrant detention centers, according to new information from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The data, first cited by The New York Times on Tuesday, revealed more than 7,500 coronavirus cases have been reported since April. During the same time, the number of people held rose from 14,000 to more than 26,000, according to the report.
According to the data, the number of positive cases since April account “for more than 40 percent of all cases reported in ICE facilities since the pandemic began, according to a New York Times analysis of ICE data.”
Part of the new surge is related to increased testing. “Paige Hughes, an ICE spokeswoman, said that all new detainees were tested for the coronavirus and are held in quarantine for 14 days on arrival,” according to the report.
In addition, a very low percentage of illegal immigrants enter the country already vaccinated. --->READ MORE HERE
Biden admin to move $860M in COVID funds to house illegal immigrant children:
The Biden administration will reallocate $860 million of funds designated for COVID relief to address pandemic-related costs for illegal immigrant children, according to reports.
In a letter to leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees dated Tuesday and reviewed by Bloomberg News, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra informed the lawmakers that his department needed the funds to ensure the safety of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the border.
They also need to cover costs associated with staffing at shelters for these children, Becerra wrote.
Speaking to the outlet, a Biden administration official said HHS’ costs for housing unaccompanied migrant children had gone up by $1.7 billion as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, due to precautions the government needed to take. --->READ MORE HERE
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