Judge orders release of virus records from immigration prisons

A federal judge ruled that Homeland Security must release records of Covid-19 cases in immigration detention centers and Border Patrol stations. University of Chicago Law School investigators filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the information in June. They said the release “would allow the public to understand the extent and the nature of the crisis clearly occurring within Southern California detention centers and take informed steps to address and mitigate that crisis.” The judge said the the release was in the public’s interest and ordered that 1,000 pages a month be processed. This was after the federal agencies involved failed to deliver the information within 20 business days as stipulated by the FOIA. (KPBS, September 23, 2020, by City News Service)