Federal Judge Rejects Requests to Release Migrants from Detention Center in Wake of Coronavirus

According to a new report from Breitbart, Judge James L. Robart, a George W. Bush appointed judge, has rejected requests from non-profits to release migrants from a detention center in Washington state in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Breitbart reports U.S. District Judge James L. Robart on Thursday denied a request for a restraining order requested by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Washington, and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

The organizations argued that holding migrants who are older or have underlying medical conditions puts them at high risk for contracting the virus.

“There is no evidence that anyone at NWDC has COVID-19, and plaintiffs do not address the measures defendants are taking to prevent such a spread from occurring,” Robart said in a Law360 article on the development.

Law360 reported on the ruling:

Attorneys have told Law360 that they are concerned ICE is not prepared to handle a potential outbreak of the virus at the agency’s detention centers, where immigrants are trapped in communal spaces.

ICE has been hit with numerous lawsuits accusing it of not providing detainees with adequate medical care, including an August complaint alleging the agency has been failing to ensure centers operated by private contractors are meeting the standards of confinement mandated by federal law and the U.S. Constitution.