Three in 10 illegal immigrants in ICE custody decline COVID vaccine


Nearly a third of illegal immigrants in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been denied the opportunity to receive a coronavirus vaccine.

LBL, Quoting an ICE official, confirmed an Axios report from last week that the vaccine decline rate in all detention centers is 30 percent.

ICE recorded 1,376 COVID-19 cases among detainees in custody till Wednesday. The total number of prisoners held by ICE for the week ending 16 July was 27,067.

According to ICE data, 1,095 COVID-19 cases (79.5 percent of the total) were registered under supervision of field offices in San Antonio, El Paso, Houston, Phoenix and San Diego. Another 69 cases have been registered in six hotels which are being used as temporary migrant facilities.

It is not clear how many prisoners have been offered the vaccine. However, Axios told Last week that ICE distributed more than 95 percent of its initial allocation of 10,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Karen Martin receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination clinic hosted by James River Church West Campus
ICE reported 1,376 COVID-19 cases among prisoners currently in custody.
Nathan Pepes/The Springfield News-Leader Via AP, File

Incidentally, the vaccination rate among those in ICE custody is slightly higher than the rate for eligible Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 68.6 percent of American adults have received at least one vaccine dose, while 65.9 percent of eligible Americans (ages 12 and older) have received at least one dose.

Lawmakers have raised concerns that the ongoing surge of illegal immigrants at the southern border will lead to an increase in coronavirus infections, particularly due to the presence of the highly contagious Delta variant. More than 188,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended at the US-Mexico border in June, the most for that month in at least 22 years.

Meanwhile, those who have been stopped at the border are increasingly being released into the US. The Post exclusively reported Thursday that four bus companies operating out of the border town of McAllen, Texas, have added six daily routes to meet demand.

McAllen City Mananger Roy Rodriguez told the Post that demand for tickets is at a record high, and much of it comes from immigrants caught illegally crossing the border and left for future pending court appearances . The city manager said a clearing center run by Catholic Charities is accommodating 7,000 people per week, half of whom go by bus and half by plane.

Men sit in the sun in the health ward at the Ote Mesa Immigration Detention Center in San Diego.
It is not clear how many prisoners have been offered the vaccine.
AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file

So far, the Biden administration has resisted pressure from immigration advocates, enacted in March 2020 by then-President Donald Trump and called on US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to expel migrants to avoid the spread of the virus. allows to do. Amenities.

However, the administration is allowing unaccompanied children and some family units to remain in the US after crossing the border.

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