NPR reports that the ACLU has filed a lawsuit meant to challenge the Centers for Disease Control’s order to restrict immigration based on a law which permits the denial of entry of some individuals to prevent the introduction of a disease to the U.S. The CDC called for the refusal of entry of immigrants to prevent the spread of the coronavirus during the early days of the pandemic. This law is still being used to prevent immigrants from entering the U.S. and is being used to turn away immigrants and refugees without due process.
The Trump administration claims that the restrictions on asylum-seekers and the turning away of asylum seekers at the border was necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19. Immigrant rights activists claim that the Trump administration is using the pandemic to take away due process granted to asylum seekers. Particularly alarming to immigrant rights activists is the fact that the Trump administration is using these laws to turn away unaccompanied children and minors at the border—the most vulnerable of asylum seekers. Buzz Feed News reports that thousands of immigrants have been turned away at the southern border under the Centers for Disease Control’s order.
The CDC’s order is designed to prevent the introduction of disease into the U.S., but currently the U.S. is leading the world in COVID-19 cases. This logic doesn’t hold water. Many believe that the law is being used to essentially close the border.
The ACLU is challenging the law, claiming that unaccompanied minors who try to enter the U.S. from a country not bordering the U.S. should be placed in a children’s facility with the Office of Refugee Settlement and be entitled to a full hearing for their claim to asylum. According to Buzz Feed News, only 58 children were referred to this office for the entire month of April. This is as many children as would be taken to this office in a single day under normal circumstances. As it stands, the U.S. is not granting this right to children. If you are facing deportation or fast-track deportation because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have certain rights and may have the right to appeal your deportation. J. Joseph Cohen is a deportation lawyer that is currently hearing cases in San Antonio, Texas from individuals facing fast-track deportation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Deportations and Detention May Be Spreading Coronavirus, Not Halting Its Spread
Despite the call to stop entry at the border to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, ICE’s own actions within the U.S. may only be exacerbating the virus’s spread. As the Nation reports, just when hospitals were most desperate to acquire N95 masks, ICE also asked for 45,000 masks of its own, potentially taking away precious resources from doctors working the front lines. ICE refused to release many immigrants in detention, raising the risk of outbreaks in detention centers. And then, to top it off, ICE has been turning away unaccompanied children at the border, meaning that they may find themselves alone in detention camps, which could be breeding grounds for the disease.
If you are facing deportation in the era of coronavirus, or if you have a loved one who is detained, you may have the right to a fair hearing and immigration case. J. Joseph Cohen is a deportation lawyer in San Antonio, Texas that may be able to help you. Contact our law firm today to learn more.
Suspend Deportation During the Pandemic
The Human Rights Watch calls for the suspension of deportations during the pandemic. The Human Rights Watch notes that the U.S. has the largest number of coronavirus cases in the world and that immigrants who are held in detention are held in conditions where social distancing is impossible. Immigration detention centers lack proper sanitation and health care workers to prevent the spread of the disease, and individuals who are being held in these detention facilities pose a threat to public health. When these immigrants are deported to their home countries, they run the risk of spreading the virus there. Some have claimed that the United States’ decision to continue to deport individuals has contributed to the spread of coronavirus around the world.
As it currently stands, 1,406 immigrants in detention have tested positive for the coronavirus. These numbers are only expected to increase. If you have a loved one in detention and want his or her release, J. Joseph Cohen is a deportation lawyer in San Antonio, Texas that may be able to help you fight for your loved one’s release. Contact our law firm today to learn more. If you are facing deportation and have concerns for your rights under the law, reach out to J. Joseph Cohen, a San Antonio, Texas lawyer today. We may be able to help you.