Senate Democrats add voices calling on ICE to not re-arrest individuals launched resulting from a pandemic
Members of the House noted in their letter that while some ICE offices have claimed they would not arrest someone they released because of the virus, other ICE offices are ready to move forward at full steam. In her letter, Sen. Warren, Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, California Sen. Alex Padilla, Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and New Jersey Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez write it is "imperative" that officials implement agency-wide rules.
“We urge the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and ICE to issue new guidelines for all ICE field offices and the entities they oversee to avoid those who have complied with their release conditions and have no public safety concerns arrested again. "Write the legislators," which is evidenced by the fact that since their release they have been living safely at home with their families, in accordance with the terms of their court-ordered releases, and posing no threat to their community.
As mentioned earlier, ICE is refilling its facilities despite the fact that there is no national vaccination schedule for imprisoned immigrants. Legislators found that fewer than 7% of those in ICE detention were vaccinated, raising the specter of persistent virus outbreaks in immigration detention. "COVID is not over yet – and ICE should not re-incarcerate immigrants who have met the terms of their pandemic release and have no public safety concerns," Warren tweeted. “We're pushing @DHSgov and @ICEgov to issue these guidelines to their field offices. "
"People who were released from immigration custody during the COVID-19 pandemic for the safety of their families because they had serious risks to their health and life must continue to be treated with dignity," said Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (CAIR ) Immigration Impact Lab program director Adina Appelbaum said in a statement. "By valuing their health and safety, the federal courts have recognized the humanity of these men and women. To detain them would mean falling back into a world where immigrants are not viewed as human beings."