ORANGE COUNTY JUSTICE FUND CALLS ON CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES TO SEEK THE RELEASE OF ALL IMMIGRANTS IN ICE CUSTODY
More than 50 community organizations and leaders join the call to urge the Orange County Congressional Delegation to take action in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
Orange County, CA – On Tuesday, March 24th, the Orange County Fund along with more than 50 community organizations and leaders sent a letter to 6 congressional representatives from Orange County urging them to seek the release of ICE detainees, including Orange County residents. All individuals in detention are at high risk of being exposed to the COVID-19 pandemic, ICE has demonstrated its inability to provide medical care and sanitation in its detention centers.
The letter also states that ICE has the power under existing immigration laws to release people without an immigration court hearing by granting them parole or release on recognizance. Congressmember Lou Correa recently sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney General William Barr making a similar request.
More people have died in ICE custody in the first months of 2020 than during all 2019. During this COVID-19 pandemic, ICE detention centers pose a humanitarian crisis and a great threat to public health. Immediate actions need to be taken to ensure the safety of all immigrants in detention and prevent more deaths.
The OC Justice Fund was established in 2017 through a collaboration of attorneys, law professors, and grassroots leaders to ensure that no Orange County resident is forced to defend themself from deportation without an attorney, and to provide support so that those individuals eligible to be released from detention can do so without being financially devastated.