BREAKING: Omar calls for release of ICE detainees amid Coronavirus Crisis

Amid the coronavirus crisis, “squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) called for releasing ICE detainees.

Omar tweeted:

We need to release ICE detainees, people held on bail, and anyone qualifies for work release.

We need a moratorium on incarcerating people who are low risk to others.

We need an increase in medical staff in prison and jails.

Incarcerated individuals deserve our humanity too.

ICE reported today A 31-year-old Mexican national in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey, has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has been quarantined and is receiving care.

Consistent with CDC guidelines, those who have come in contact with the individual have been cohorted and are being monitored for symptoms. ICE is suspending intake at the facility until further information is available.

Here are some of the Twitter responses to Omar.

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