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ICE Policies Create Higher Risk of Coronavirus for Immigrants

Immigrants and Coronavirus

Immigrants and Coronavirus

A joint investigation conducted by the Marshall Project and the New York Times indicates an unusual link between immigrants and coronavirus that was created by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The conditions under which immigrants are being held, transferred, and deported have increased the rate of transmission for these vulnerable individuals both within the United States and in countries to which immigrants are deported. In some cases, retaining the services of a New York immigration attorney could be a life-saving choice for immigrants at risk of deportation or detention in our area.

The Connection Between Detained Immigrants and Coronavirus Spread

After they are apprehended by ICE, immigrants are often detained in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions that serve as ideal breeding grounds for the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Many of those held in ICE detention centers are exposed to the virus and then processed for detention or transfer to other facilities without being tested or treated. This strategy could be increasing the spread of coronavirus throughout the United States and to other countries around the world. To date, 11 countries have reported that they have received deportees from the United States who were infected with COVID-19.

Protecting Yourself and Your Family

Working with an established New York immigration attorney is a clear step in the right direction for immigrants worried about adverse actions by ICE and other federal agencies. Your attorney can provide you with the guidance and support you need to resolve issues with your visa status. This can protect you from detention and deportation by ICE or other immigration authorities, which can provide added protection against exposure to coronavirus and its accompanying health risks. Working with a qualified New York immigration attorney will often provide added peace of mind for immigrants and their families during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

At Oltarsh & Associates, P.C., we offer practical solutions for immigrants throughout New York. Our team can provide guidance and support for families who are worried about the potential for detention or deportation during the coronavirus pandemic. Our legal professionals will work with you to determine the best approach for resolving your immigration status and protecting yourself and your family against potential negative actions by ICE and other immigration authorities. Call us today at 212-944-9420 to schedule an initial consultation with us. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you now and in the future.

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