Asylum Seekers Given Selection: Deportation or Publicity to COVID-19

Three Cameroonian asylum-seekers locked up on the Pine Prairie ICE Processing Middle in Louisiana say U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement guard threatened to reveal them to COVID-19 in the event that they didn’t obey his orders and undergo a switch, reports The Intercept. The Pine Prairie facility, which is operated by the non-public jail agency GEO Group, at present has 21 confirmed coronavirus circumstances, based on ICE’s personal tracker. After the specter of contagion, guards forcefully dragged and pushed the group of Cameroonian asylum-seekers — 5 in complete — yelling at them and repeatedly threatening them in an try to start the deportation course of. All 5 of the boys had spent over a yr in detention, mentioned the three asylum-seekers, after fleeing a brutal and homicidal regime in Cameroon that has been concentrating on protesters supporting, and even adjoining to, the Anglophone separatist motion.

After an affidavit submitted by a coalition of immigrant advocacy teams was delivered to the Division of Homeland Safety’s Workplace of Inspector Normal, the deportation flight was canceled. The letter lists a bunch of violent ways ICE officers used to strain the detainees to undergo their deportation, alleging that they engaged in torture. The threats of exposing detainees to COVID-19 are being reported right here for the primary time.