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Court overturns order aimed at protecting immigrant detainees from COVID-19
Oct 21, 2021 | The Hill
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A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Wednesday overturned a lower court order that forced immigration detention officials to monitor and sometimes release detainees who were at high risk of COVID-19 infections.

Two Trump-appointed judges ruled that the previous injunction had overreached in forcing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to track and establish guidelines for releasing high-risk detainees.

Judge Daniel Bress was joined by Judge Eric Miller in his ruling, while Clinton-appointed Judge Marsha Berzon dissented.

"The slew of national guidance, directives, and mandatory requirements that the agency issued and then frequently updated in the spring of 2020 belies the notion that ICE acted with the 'reckless disregard' necessary to support a finding of unconstitutional, system-wide deliberate indifference," wrote Bress.

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