Judge Denies Request to Release 34 Detainees Amid Otay Mesa COVID-19 Outbreak

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More than 200 people have tested positive at the facility since the outbreak began
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City News Service and NBC San Diego
Article date: 
27 May 2020
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National News
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A San Diego federal judge refused on Tuesday to release 34 "medically vulnerable" detainees from the Otay Mesa Detention Center, which has the largest COVID-19 outbreak among the nation's U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement facilities.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw previously ruled that a group of medically vulnerable detainees be released, in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union alleging that overcrowded conditions at Otay Mesa put detainees at serious risk of contracting the virus ...