COVID-19 Has Made ICE Detention Centers Even More Dangerous

Hunger strikers gathered in the courtyard at the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center in Bakersfield on April 10, 2020. (Courtesy of Kern Youth Abolitionists)

A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered a privately run immigrant detention center in Bakersfield to stop transferring people to the facility and to provide weekly COVID-19 tests to those inside. Now more than a dozen people detained at the Mesa Verde facility have COVID-19. Meanwhile, calls to get people out of immigration detention centers are overlapping with calls to abolish prisons amid a nationwide movement for racial justice.

Guest: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED immigration reporter

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