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ACLU urges DHS to offer COVID-19 vaccines to detained undocumented immigrants

ACLU says COVID-19 outbreaks continue to spread in detention facilities nationwide- News 11's Crystal Jimenez reports

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) urges the Biden Administration to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to undocumented immigrants in detention centers.

A letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) references a rapid spread of coronavirus within congregate settings like ICE facilities.

The Eloy Federal Contract Facility currently lists 156 active COVID cases. This facility is just one of the four ICE facilities in Arizona.

This comes when border patrol has seen an overwhelming number of people illegally crossing the U.S./Mexico border the last few months. Customs and Border Protection - Yuma Sector reports over 350 apprehensions just today alone. CBP said the daily average of apprehensions has been at about 360 people the last four weeks.

Currently, those released directly from CBP custody in the Yuma Sector are being released to Regional Center for Border Health who tests and helps isolate asylum seekers.

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