Farmville Va Detention Ctr.ICE

This is an empty room at the Farmville, Virginia Refugee Detention Center, a privately-owned jail with a big ICE contract and a giant Covid-19 problem; with 262 of 400 inmates testing positive. Many of those who tested positive were transferred to Farmville from hotspot states Arizona and Florida within the ICE system. Conditions are so bad the governor and Virginia’s two senators have asked the CDC to intervene. Immigrant rights groups have sued ICE and its contractor, the Immigration Centers of America in Federal court. Eight staff people came up positive after they got themselves tested outside the facility, and the town of Farmville and the surrounding county have also seen a doubling of total cases since June. Local government won’t do anything about the conditions, since it gets a cut of the prison’s profits. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

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