Last Thursday, a Mexican federal judge ordered the immediate release of vulnerable migrants from detention centers across Mexico, due to concerns of COVID-19 spreading in such crowded facilities. This important, life saving, move is the fruit of a civil society collaboration that spans the U.S.-Mexico border.
The call for a COVID-19 detention moratorium on the U.S. side of the border has not yet seen such a dramatic response. As civil society scrutiny has grown, there have been significant numbers of detainees released from overcrowded facilities in New Jersey and elsewhere in the U.S., but we are still by no means where we need to be.
Rather than working to make people safe this week, President Trump has instead deployed a smoke screen of chaos — abruptly issuing executive orders that needlessly suspend migration procedures that have no bearing on the pandemic.
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