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Federal Judge Orders Adelanto ICE Detention Center To Reduce Number Of Detainees

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Adelanto U.S. Immigration and Enforcement Processing Center. (Chris Carlson/AP)
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A federal judge has ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to reduce the number of people detained at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center in San Bernardino County.

Last week, the ACLU of Southern California sued ICE over coronavirus concerns, saying conditions at the 1,940-bed facility made it impossible for detainees to remain the six feet apart required for physical distancing. The center currently holds about 1,300 people.

U.S. District Court Judge Terry J. Halter today said ICE must reduce the population by:

  • Releasing detainees
  • Deporting detainees with final deportation orders who have exhausted all appeals
  • Or transferring people to other facilities where they can maintain social distancing

According to the order, at least 100 detainees must be released by April 27, and at least another 150 detainees by April 30.
Judge Halter said ICE must “hit the target reduced population level” by May 4, but did not say a specific number.

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