Doctors And Activists Call For ICE To Release Families In Detention, Citing COVID-19 Concerns

María Méndez - Texas Public Radio

A federal judge has ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release children from detention facilities by July 17, and doctors and activities are calling for the release of their parents and other asylum seekers as well due to the risk of COVID-19 spread, according to this article from Texas Public Radio.

In addition to concerns over the spread of the virus, "immigrant rights advocates also worry the federal ruling for the children to be released will only lead to family separation," says the article. “'We want them to be released with their parents, with whatever legal guardians they have, and be released to their families so the traumatization of these children ends,' said Jenny Sevilla of the group Austin Border Relief."