The rapid spread of COVID-19 in immigration detention facilities is a prime example of everything that has gone wrong with immigration detention. Our nation’s reliance on incarceration for management of a civil system has proven harmful and dangerous — we're fighting with everything we've got to release as many as people as possible from immigration detention.

No one, whether they are a citizen or an immigrant, should be forced to live in conditions that imperil their lives during this public health crisis. Call ICE and demand they utilize all options to release all people in their custody and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Immigration detention should not be a death sentence. Below are the actions the ACLU of Arizona has taken to fight for those in immigration detention.

Actions the ACLU of Arizona Has Taken

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  • 4/14/20: We urged CBP's Tucson Sector to take immediate steps to suspend enforcement at sensitive locations and refrain from enforcement that would interfere with access to essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read CBP's response dated 4/17/20. 
     
  • 4/02/20: Alongside The Florence Project, ACLU, and Perkins Coie LLP, we're asking for the immediate release of eight people in ICE detention who are at high risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19. Seven of the eight people have been subsequently released from ICE custody. We will continue to advocate for the release of all people in immigration detention. 

Media Clippings

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Arizona Mirror: ACLU of Arizona Asks Border Patril to Stop Enforcement at Sensitive Locations 

ABC 15: Border Patrol Presence Concerns ACLU of Arizona

Arizona Daily Star: ACLU of Arizona Fights for the Release of People in ICE Custody 

Arizona Republic: Border Patrol Presence at COVID-19 Testing Site

Press Releases