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Scant testing in US migration system risks spreading virus

Posted at 2:15 AM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 02:15:51-04

BY SONIA PÉREZ D., NOMAAN MERCHANT — Migrants' advocates are warning that the Trump administration’s failure to test all but a small percentage of detained immigrants for the novel coronavirus may be spreading the disease through the United States’ sprawling system of detention centers and then to Central America and elswhere aboard regular deportation flights.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has confirmed 105 cases of the virus in at least 25 separate detention facilities, along with at least 25 employees.

In Guatemala, fears are rising that the flights may have seeded the country with an untold number of undetected cases.

Several cases of local infection are already believed to be linked to deportees.