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Adelanto Detainees Complain Of Burning Eyes From Chemical Disinfectant

Imprisoned immigrants are seen at the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Adelanto Detention Facility in Adelanto, California. (DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)
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Immigrant detainees at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center are reporting burning eyes and bloody noses from frequent use of a chemical disinfectant at the San Bernardino County facility, according to a complaint filed Thursday with the Department of Homeland Security.

The complaint says the disinfectant was being used around housing units about every 30 minutes.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says disinfectants used at the facility are used according to the manufacturer's instructions and compliant with detention standards. So far one ICE employee and a contractor at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19.


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