COVID-19 Has Made ICE Detention Centers Even More Dangerous

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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