In a federal court hearing on May 27, ICE admitted that it is not testing all detainees before transferring them to other facilities. ICE policy is currently to test detainees with symptoms, which may have already led to the transfer of asymptomatic detainees. The admission was made during a hearing regarding a temporary order to reduce the detainee population in South Florida immigration detention centers. Judge Cooke clarified in the hearing that the purpose of her order was not to encourage transfers, but rather reduce the detained population to limit transmission risks. She is expected to decide whether to extend the order within seven days.

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ICE has transferred detainees during the pandemic without testing

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