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Democratic lawmakers urge reduction of immigrant detainee populations
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Democratic lawmakers urge reduction of immigrant detainee populations

US Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) wrote to Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf Tuesday urging a reduction of the immigrant detainee population to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has stopped the detention of immigrants who pose no security threats, but that is not enough according to the democrats. They cite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, as well as more than 3,000 doctors who all believe that the current manner of detention is not conducive to slowing down the spread of the disease. In addition, former ICE director John Sandweg is urging the release of nonviolent detainees.

They end the letter with a request for a video briefing on April 10.

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