This week in immigration news — April 16, 2020

Immigrants fear receiving treatment for the coronavirus

Lawyers are reporting that their immigrant clients are afraid to go to the doctor if they have COVID-19 symptoms out of fear that it may impact their immigration status. Advocates point to the Trump administration’s policies, such as the public charge rule, as having contributed to this climate of ear, even during the coronavirus crisis.

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Women detained by ICE speak out during the pandemic

Women who have been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have spoken out about their fears in detention as the coronavirus crisis continues to escalate.

A federal lawsuit says ICE is ignoring coronavirus guidelines

A lawsuit has been filed alleging that ICE has failed to follow guidelines from the CDC on how to best mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The most egregious allegation is that ICE has been grouping detainees together who have allegedly been exposed to COVID-19. This practice, advocates claim, will allow the virus to spread “like wildfire” throughout ICE’s facilities.

A firsthand account of applying for a green card during the coronavirus pandemic

Read an account of what it’s like to be applying for a green card during the COVID-19 crisis.

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