Houston coronavirus updates: Nov. 23
Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia and fellow Democrats, Veronica Escobar, of El Paso, and Jason Crow, of Aurora, Colo., are seeking to halt transfers of people between Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities and other federal, state and local prisons to prevent the spread of COVID, according to a news release.
The Houston lawmaker announced their bill, the End Transfers of Detained Immigrants Act, is aimed at slowing transmission of COVID-19, is backed by 63 immigrant rights groups,
The news release says 20,000 immigrants in detention centers and prisons across the country have tested positive for the disease.
"In the middle of the pandemic, the Trump Administration should be concerned with crushing this virus, expanding our testing capabilities, and keeping everyone safe," said Garcia. "Instead, the Trump Administration has been preoccupied with transferring detainees to and from ICE facilities that are unable to prevent the further spread COVID-19. These actions are putting migrants in harm's way of this deadly virus."
The first draft of the bill can be viewed here.