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COVID-19: ICE to test some immigrants for coronavirus before deportation

  1. Original Date Announced

    April 23, 2020

    COVID-19: Reuters reports that ICE will acquire 2,000 coronavirus tests per month from HHS to screen deportees amid criticism from foreign governments about receiving migrants infected with the coronavirus. [ID #459]

    Reuters: U.S. to test some immigrants for coronavirus before deportation

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Reported
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Interior
Agencies Affected: ICE DOS


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