Immigrants' rights groups sue ICE to release Maryland detainees most at risk of COVID-19

The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG), the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (CAIR Coalition), the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Maryland sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on behalf of immigrants detained in the Worcester County Detention Center and the Howard County Detention Center in Maryland. The organizations seek the release of people who are in civil detention and who are at high risk for serious illness or death in the event of COVID-19 infection due to age or underlying medical condition. 
 
COVID-19 is a global pandemic, and public health experts have repeatedly warned that people detained in immigrant detention are at particularly high risk due to conditions that are often overcrowded and unsanitary. The filing includes a declaration from Dr. Ranit Mishori, who speaks to the public health risk for our plaintiffs. The results of this case could set a nationwide precedent for all immigration detention facilities to release individuals who are most at risk due to age and/or underlying conditions.

PRESS RELEASE: ACLU of Maryland (March 24, 2020)
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PRESS RELEASE: ACLU (March 24, 2020)
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Coreas v. Bounds: Complaint
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Coreas v. Bounds: Declaration of Dr. Ranit Mishori
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Attorney(s)

Nick Taichi Steiner, ACLU-MD; Eunice Cho, ACLU NPP; David Fathi, ACLU NPP; Omar Jadwat, ACLU IRP; Michael Tan, ACLU IRP; Stephen Kang, IACLU IRP; Sirine Shebaya NIPNLG; Amber Qureshi, NIPNLG; Matthew Vogel, NIPNLG; Adina Appelbaum, CAIR Coalition

Date filed

March 24, 2020

Court

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Judge

Theodore Chuang

Status

Active

Case number

8:20-cv-00780