Federal officials said three unaccompanied migrant children under U.S. government protection tested positive for the coronavirus, which were detained on Thursday during a global pandemic. Stressed defenders ‘concerns about migrants’ vulnerability.
Three minors housed in a New York shelter contain the first identified coronavirus among 3,600 unaccompanied children under the custody of the Refugee Resettlement Office [ORR]. It is a case. In response to the outbreak, refugee agencies stopped releasing immigrant children at New York facilities to sponsors.
An ORR spokesperson said there were no further discharge restrictions as of Thursday. The agency had previously stopped placing minors in shelters and programs in California, New York and Washington. In addition to the three cases identified, ORR tested 15 other children in detention as of Thursday. Eleven results returned to negative, the rest are pending. Authorities are consulting with local health authorities in New York to “decide the next step.”
Authorities said on Thursday that the number of positive coronavirus cases among facility staff and contractors for unaccompanied migrant children had increased to seven. Six work in New York and one is a Texas staff member. Washington foster parents also tested positive for the virus earlier this month. Refugee agencies also said they had notified those who might have been exposed to the workers.
Coronaviruses are particularly dangerous for the elderly and those with underlying illnesses, but children and young people can carry and transmit the virus, even if the risk of serious illness is relatively low. Immigrant minors under ORR protection have crossed the southern border without their parents or guardians. Or, in certain situations, isolated.
In this photo of September 24, 2019, staff will have a domino with staff at a shelter for immigrant teen girls in Lake Worth, Florida.
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Thursday’s announcement could further intensify calls for a quick release of some of the tens of thousands of migrants currently detained by the Trump administration, particularly as the public health crisis to contain the coronavirus intensifies. High in nature. On Wednesday, a lawyer in a federal court in California will release the unaccompanied migrant children who have been detained by the government for more than a month to authorities or will be transferred to a facility where social distance is reasonably practicable Has been requested.
A similar call was made by the Immigration and Customs Control [ICE] to reduce the population of detainees to over 38,000 on weekends. Despite coronavirus cases identified between detention facilities and staff at detention facilities, government agencies have not moved to significantly reduce the population of their inmates.
In response to the pandemic, ORR, an agency within the Ministry of Health and Human Services, prioritizes receiving immigrant children from the Department of Homeland Security and moving them to local facilities. boundary. According to officials, the move is designed to avoid air travel.
Last week, ORR leadership issued guidance urging detained migrant children to undergo a mandatory twice-daily temperature test. If the child’s temperature exceeds 100 degrees, the shelter must notify the government.
Under US law, the Department of Homeland Security is generally required to transfer unaccompanied and unaccompanied migrant children to the ORR within 72 hours. Children will be under ORR control until released to the sponsor.
Two years ago, authorities struggled to contain thousands of minors separated from their parents and guardians by the Trump administration as part of a controversial “zero tolerance” policy.
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