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ICE begins testing all incoming detainees for COVID-19

  1. Original Date Announced

    June 4, 2020

    COVID-19: ICE claims it is testing all incoming detainees for COVID-19 at 22 detention centers nationwide. ICE houses all new arrivals separately from the general population for 14 days after their arrival and monitors them for symptoms.

    [ID #995]

    ICE Guidance on COVID-19
  2. Effective Date

    June 4, 2020

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Detention
Agencies Affected: ICE

Associated or Derivative Policies

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • April 6, 2020 Previously, ICE instituted screening guidance for new detainees who arrive at facilities to identify those who meet CDC’s criteria for epidemiological risk of exposure to COVID-19. ICE previously isolated detainees with fever and/or respiratory symptoms who meet these criteria and observed them for a specified time period. Prior ICE Guidance on COVID-19: Detention


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    In a June 2020 court filing, ICE claimed that all detainees newly booked at the Krome Processing Center and 21 other ICE detention facilities nationwide would be tested for COVID-19. Go to article

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