Judge orders ICE to release 4 California detainees because of coronavirus risk

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Immigrants wait in a holding cell at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement processing center on April 11, 2018, at the U.S. Federal Building in New York City. (Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Immigrants wait in a holding cell at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement processing center on April 11, 2018, at the U.S. Federal Building in New York City. (Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered the release of four immigrants held in federal detention centers in California because their age and medical conditions make them vulnerable to the potentially deadly coronavirus, lawyers for the detainees said Thursday.

U.S. Senior District Judge Maxine M. Chesney took the action Wednesday in response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and other lawyers groups.

“This decision is an important step,” said William Freeman, senior counsel at the ACLU Foundation of Northern California. “The stakes for the release of detained persons are at an all-time high as the threat of the COVID-19 outbreak places them at an elevated risk of serious ailments or death.”

The four people ordered released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement centers suffer from a variety of conditions, including diabetes, asthma hypertension and kidney disease.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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