California court forces ICE to release hundreds of criminal immigrants
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Tuesday, October 27 that it has released 250 criminal immigrants from custody in response to a California Central District decree. Writes about it Fox News.
The news comes a week after federal judge Terry Hutter demanded that the agency either release or deport detainees at the Adelanto ICE data center in Southern California to stop the spread of coronavirus infection.
ICE claims that “despite requests to transfer detainees to alternate locations,” 250 people were eventually released from the facility run by a federal contractor. The released have committed various crimes, including the use of weapons, drunk driving, "indecent acts with a child", child abuse, illegal re-entry into the country after deportation and others.
Senior ICE official, acting director, Tony H. Fama, called the order a threat to public safety and accused the court of exceeding its authority.
“Opponents who constantly seek to discredit the agency could mislead the public, believing that the detainees were not dangerous,” he said. - ICE complied with this excessive judgment; however, the public should be aware that the decision clearly puts them at greater risk. ”
The state has already expedited the release of thousands of prisoners. At least dozens of freed criminals committed new crimes, at least 50 of them ended up in prison again.
More than 85% of the roughly 730 immigrants in Adelanto were awaiting charge or trial, according to ICE. At least 162 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
ICE claims to be following "an aggressive screening program for its detention centers" and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to contain the spread of the virus.
"As an added precaution," ICE said in a press release. “No detainees were released until officials determined that they did not pose a public health hazard.”
Government attorneys have argued in favor of holding up to 1052 immigrants, citing World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations that prisoners should be 39 inches (1 m) apart, which is half the distance recommended by the CDC.
The administration of US President Donald Trump has long quarreled with California over the state's immigration policy. In 2018, the administration filed a lawsuit against the entire state over the illegal asylum law.
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