U.S. immigration officials spread coronavirus with detainee transfers; RLG Immigration Chair Darius Amiri comments

Public health specialists have for months warned the U.S. government that shuffling detainees among immigration detention centers will expose people to COVID-19 and help spread the disease.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has continued the practice, saying it is taking all necessary precautions.
It turns out the health specialists were right, according to a Reuters review of court records and ICE data.

“ICE’s practice of transferring detainees while the COVID-19 pandemic is at its height is reckless and unnecessary. These captive populations are particularly vulnerable to the virus by virtue of crowded living conditions and limited access to sanitary products, on top of that many carriers are asymptomatic or not showing symptoms yet when they are transferred to a different facility. What is needed is a common sense, humane approach is to the treatment of ICE detainees, many of whom are not criminals and are simply detained for jurisdictional reasons, such as parole from these facilities to the custody of family members, with regular check-ins, rather than prolonged detention and exposure to a deadly virus such as this.”

~Darius Amiri, Chair of Immigration Department at Rose Law Group

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The ICE policy that would expel international students taking online classes is being rolled back; RLG Immigration Chair Darius Amiri Comments

Taylor Borden | Business Insider

The Trump administration issued a directive on July 6 saying that international students attending schools operating entirely online may not remain in the US. Schools, according to the policy, were supposed to report their reopening plans by Wednesday.

But on Tuesday, the White House rescinded the directive in a hearing for a lawsuit that Harvard and MIT brought against Immigration and Customs Enforcement on July 8.

The cancellation of the policy came after a week of nonstop backlash. Harvard and MIT’s suit was supported by more than 200 additional universities. On Monday, 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a separate lawsuit to block the same policy.

“It’s the right move to pull back this new rule, which would have required in-person attendance during a global pandemic or risk the cancellation of student visas. 

This was yet another misguided and ill-conceived attempt by the Trump administration to frustrate our immigration system.

International students contribute billions annually to the US economy and international student attendance is decreasing every year under this Administration. Thankfully, reason prevailed here.”

~Darius Amiri, Chair of the Immigration Department at Rose Law Group