COVID-19 outbreak at migrant facility infects at least 150 people, report finds

A migrant processing center in Tacoma, Washington is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak that has already infected at least 150 people.

According to the Seattle Times, the spike in cases began in early June amid an influx of migrants. Those infected include seven guards and a federal health care worker. The Times reported, “The virus surge came as the federal government, in an attempt to relieve overcrowding at holding facilities at the southern border, transferred nearly 1,100 immigrants to the Tacoma detention center, according to a document submitted to federal court by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Western Washington.”

All infected individuals contracted the virus shortly after arriving at the Tacoma center. The outbreak sparked outrage from civil rights groups, including the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who are now suing the Biden administration for failing to protect migrants from COVID-19.

Unprecedented numbers of unaccompanied children, criminals, and families at the southern border have been blamed on Biden’s reversal of Trump-era border policies. The issues at the border emerged at the beginning of Biden’s takeover, as migrants believed the new administration would be more welcoming. However, the administration has now taken steps to resume border wall construction and suggested the influx of migrants is a crisis.



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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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