Detained migrants speak out on coronavirus fears The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated concerns among advocates about the conditions inside the nation’s immigration jails. CBS News spoke with five women detained at a for-profit prison in Jena, Louisiana, who are pleading for their release. Like many of the roughly 34,000 immigrants currently held by ICE, the…
The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated concerns among advocates about the conditions inside the nation’s immigration jails. CBS News spoke with five women detained at a for-profit prison in Jena, Louisiana, who are pleading for their release.
Like many of the roughly 34,000 immigrants currently held by ICE, the women feel powerless to protect themselves from the deadly contagion, which has already infected at least 72 detainees and 19 employees in more than two dozen facilities across 11 states. Excerpts of interviews with the women, some of which were in Spanish, appear below.
Arlet Victoria Remón Pérez
Asylum-seeker from Cuba
“We are also at risk of dying. We are also people, human beings. And here, at this detention center, they are not protecting us.”
“We came to this country asking for protection.”
“Only our families worry about us. They suffer with us. But the whole world seems to have forgotten that we are here, and that we are human, and that we can also get sick, and that we can also die in a place like this.”
Asylum-seeker from Cuba
“We’re all going to get sick, from us, the immigrants here, to the officers and their families as well. All of us will get sick.”
“(I came) seeking protection, but I’ve encountered the complete opposite. I came looking for freedom, but I’ve been detained for a year. And in the end, I think I may have to go back to Cuba. And it is not what I want because I can’t return to Cuba because of my political opinion and sexual orientation.”
Green card holder, born in Mexico
“They are forgetting us. All the rules that are being abided by out there are not being applied inside here — at all.”
“Why does this process have to be so long? It’s immigration. You’re not paying for a crime. You’re just waiting for an immigration process. It should not take so long. America is based on immigrants, founded on immigrants. Why are we being subjected to waiting so long for a simple decision?”
“I’ve been so burdened by everybody’s story, and I’m the one that has to translate for everybody, so they tell me everything, and I’m unable to unload my burden on anybody, but I just take everybody’s story and my heart weighs heavy on everybody’s pain.”
“I base myself on my faith, on God helping me and getting me through this. But it’s tough. I can’t speak for my family, but for me, this has been a very, very emotional rollercoaster. I’ve never had to deal with something so severe and … I don’t see the humanity.”
“I’m scared because it’s such a crazy situation, like outside and inside. We’re not safe here, because … it’s so much people, so much girls.”
“We’re in a dangerous place. I could understand if we could go back to our countries, but our countries are closed down.”
“I’m panicked — very concerned.”
“We fear for our lives, since we’ve been watching the news … It’s terrifying. It’s mortifying.”
“We are too close, too close to each other, breathing the same air. We are trapped.”
The women detained at the for-profit jail in the small, rural town of Jena, Louisiana, hail from all corners of Latin America. Some are asylum-seekers who fled repressive regimes. Others are lawful U.S. permanent residents who were picked up by immigration authorities after serving time in prison. Some are mothers and even grandmothers. Right now,…
The women detained at the for-profit jail in the small, rural town of Jena, Louisiana, hail from all corners of Latin America. Some are asylum-seekers who fled repressive regimes. Others are lawful U.S. permanent residents who were picked up by immigration authorities after serving time in prison. Some are mothers and even grandmothers.
Right now, they’re all terrified.
Like many of the more than 35,000 immigrants currently in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, the women held at the LaSalle detention center in Jena feel powerless to shield themselves from the highly contagious coronavirus, which has killedmore than 59,000 people worldwide, including more than 6,800 in the U.S. At least 370people have died in Louisiana alone, where a recent surge in cases has threatened to overwhelm the state’s health care system.
With at least eight confirmed cases among detainees nationwide and six among detention center employees, ICE has come under intense pressure to drastically downsize its detainee population to mitigate the risk of outbreaks.
But detainees and their advocates fear ICE isn’t acting quickly enough. Despite some releases, many of them compelled by a flurry of lawsuits, the agency has resisted calls to implement a nationwide policy of releasing some categories of detainees, including older immigrants, those with chronic medical conditions and asylum-seekers who don’t pose a threat to the public.
Desperation among detainees has grown. Last week, officials at the Jena facility pepper sprayed women detainees who tried to leave a housing area during a briefing on coronavirus preparations. But seven women who were there said the jail staff failed to address their concerns about lax social distancing and hygiene practices, prompting a small group to start protesting. ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said the four women who were pepper sprayed “became disruptive and confrontational,” and “attempted to physically force their way out.”
The incident last week was one of several in which officials at ICE detention centers used pepper spray to disperse protesting immigrants.
The women detained at the Jena jail are alarmed by news reports on Telemundo and Univision announcing rising death tolls in the U.S. every day. Their families tell them how much the pandemic has upended the world outside the walls of their crowded housing area, and they feel trapped and endangered.
As the U.S. confronts a public health crisis unlike any it has ever faced, the women at the Jena jail fear the public is forgetting about them — and they are pleading with a crisis-stricken nation to listen to them.
“Give us an opportunity to be with our families. We’re mothers,” Ana, a 46-year-old Dominican immigrant, told CBS News in Spanish during a phone call from the Jena facility. “Don’t let us die like this, as if we were animals. We’re human beings.”
“We can die inside here”
Arlet Victoria Remón Pérez, 23, has been in U.S. immigration custody since April 2019. But she has never been as scared as she is now. “We know the virus is killing a lot of people, and we are very susceptible to contracting it,” Remón Pérez told CBS News in Spanish. “Once one person is infected, we’re all going to get sick.”
“If that happens here … I think many of us will die,” she added.
Before fleeing Cuba, Remón Pérez finished two years of medical school. She said the staff at the detention center has not taken the necessary steps to protect everyone inside the facility. Access to soap, hand sanitizer and disinfecting equipment is very limited or non-existent, she added.
Social distancing, Remón Pérez said, is impossible, noting that she sleeps in a housing area that holds roughly 80 other women, and the bunk beds are less than a meter apart. Their diet consists mainly of carbohydrates like bread and pasta and lacks nutrient-rich foods to boost their immune systems.
Remón Pérez fled her country last year after being threatened by government security forces because of her father’s political advocacy and her identity as a lesbian woman. She and her partner, Eliana Hecheverría, crisscrossed Central America and Mexico to reach the U.S. southern border, where they were placed on a waiting list to tell U.S. officials about the persecution they fear in Cuba. But after weeks of waiting in Mexico, the motel in Ciudad Juárez where they were staying was taken over by drug cartel members, prompting them to cross the U.S. border illegally in April 2019.
The couple was detained near El Paso for about two months. They were allowed to shower and brush their teeth every 10 days, Remón Pérez said. The long hours in the sweltering Texas desert were difficult for Remón Pérez, who suffers from severe asthma. In June 2019, the couple was transferred to the detention center in Jena.
Remón Pérez does not blame the women who tried to leave the housing area last week — everyone is desperate. “They were only protesting because we were afraid. It was not fair what they did to those women,” she said. Cox, the ICE spokesman, said the women were placed in solitary confinement for violating facility rules.
“We’re scared because we know we can die inside here,” Remón Pérez said. “The situation does not bode well for us. We don’t have a way to protect ourselves. We feel like children who are protected by parents. They are in charge of protecting us — and they are not protecting us.”
Her partner, Hecheverría, said the only way they will be able to protect themselves from the coronavirus is if ICE releases them. “I don’t feel like the owner of my own life here, because here, I’m completely at risk. Outside, I know how to take care of myself, I know how to protect myself, I know what I have to do to not get infected,” she added. “Here, I don’t.”
Hecheverría is particularly worried about the health of her partner. In addition to having chronic asthma and severe allergies, Remón Pérez said she has not menstruated for seven months. She said a doctor near LaSalle found cysts in one of her ovaries, but that she has yet to be taken to the hospital again to determine whether the cysts are malignant. Cox, from ICE, said he could not discuss Remón Pérez’s medical treatment without her consent.
Both Remón Pérez and Hecheverría are appealing asylum denials by judges at the Jena immigration court, which has rejected over 90% of the asylum requests it has received this fiscal year, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. They don’t have criminal records, but the government won’t allow them to continue their proceedings outside detention because it has determined they might fail to show up at their court hearings.
Asked about the concerns raised by the seven women interviewed by CBS News, Cox called them “unsubstantiated rumors.” He said all meals are developed by a registered dietician and referred CBS News to information on ICE’s website about measures taken in response to the pandemic. “All persons are screened upon arrival at ICE facilities, soap and other appropriate cleaning supplies are provided to those in custody, and all persons in custody are provided necessary and appropriate medical care,” Cox wrote in a statement.
A spokesperson for GEO Group, the private prison company that runs the Jena jail, said staff have taken “comprehensive steps” to mitigate the risk posed by the coronavirus pandemic. “We strongly reject these unfounded allegations, which we believe are being instigated by outside groups with political agendas,” the spokesperson added.
“They’re desperate to get out of here”
Last week, Marlene Seo, 48, watched a television news segment that discussed extraordinary efforts people are undertaking for their pets during the pandemic. She seemed stricken.
“They get a thought aired on TV and news, yet the immigrants don’t,” Seo told CBS News during a phone call. “If our congressmen and everybody, even the president, is talking about humanity, and us keeping together and doing the best that we can to help each other, why are we not being treated in that sense?”
ICE said it has implemented screening protocols for new detainees. But Seo said the constant flow of people, both immigrants and staff, entering and leaving the jail in Jena is what concerns her the most.
“People keep coming in and out. They’ll deport people,” she said. “And they’ll take them out and they’ll bring them back within a week because there are no flights.”
Seo said the staff has not provided detainees cleaning supplies, despite repeated requests, and social distancing is not being enforced. She has noticed staff working while sick.”Everything that applies to everyone on the outside doesn’t apply to us in here,” Seo added. “We are allowed to be 80 [people] grouped together, sneezing, coughing.”
Unlike most of the immigrants at Jena, which holds roughly 1,200 ICE detainees, Seo speaks fluent English. She was born in Mexico but has lived in the U.S. since she was 3 years old. The green card holder was arrested by ICE upon completing a year-long prison sentence for filing a false corporate income tax return.
Like other permanent residents at Jena and other ICE detention centers, Seo continues to be detained beyond her criminal sentence because the government wants to deport her to Mexico. “I don’t know Mexico. I’ve never been to Mexico,” she said. “I’ve been here all my life.”
Seo is determined to try to stay in the U.S. and return to her family in Denver, especially now, during the pandemic, but she said the past couple of months have been difficult. “It’s been too long. I’ve missed my granddaughter’s birthday. I missed two granddaughters being born.”
She has found some solace in helping the other women detainees. The grandmother said the women at the detention center turn to her when making requests to ICE because she speaks and writes English fluently. Many immigrants and asylum-seekers who have been detained for months and even years, Seo said, have recently been requesting that ICE send them to their home countries or allow them to pay for their own flights to leave the U.S.
“They’re desperate to get out of here,” she said.
Kenni, 25, is one of those women who has grown increasingly desperate. Last week, she was placed in solitary confinement after the pepper spray incident.
Because Kenni applied for asylum at an official border crossing after waiting for three months in northern Mexico, the young Cuban asylum-seeker is not eligible for bond in immigration court. The ICE field office in New Orleans, which has been sued for its very low parole approval rate in recent years, has also denied her request for parole.
“It’s been seven months of imprisonment without having committed any crime,” Kenni said.
She’s scared of contracting the coronavirus while in detention, and like the other women at Jena, there’s no sign she’ll be freed.
In the U.S., Americans are used to picking up Whoppers and Big Macs using drive-thrus. In South Korea, you can now use a drive-thru to get tested for coronavirus. Inadequate coronavirus testing in the U.S. has raised fears across the country that people may be infected and have no idea. In South Korea, officials have…
In the U.S., Americans are used to picking up Whoppers and Big Macs using drive-thrus. In South Korea, you can now use a drive-thru to get tested for coronavirus.
Inadequate coronavirus testing in the U.S. has raised fears across the country that people may be infected and have no idea. In South Korea, officials have set up drive-thru style facilities that test people so they do not have to leave their cars.
At drive-thru coronavirus clinics in Goyang, medical staff in protective clothing and goggles lean into driver’s cars through their windows to check for fever or breathing difficulties, Reuters reports. They also use swabs to take samples from their throats and noses.
The entire drive-thru testing process generally takes less than 10 minutes.
As high wait times raise the risk of infection, the innovative solution has been popping up all over South Korea this week. Now, even some cities in the U.K. are testing the method.
Not only is the method faster, but it also limits human interaction with potentially infected people, further preventing the spread of the virus. Speeding up the amount of time it takes to test a patient means the virus will be easier to handle.
“We can diagnose a lot of people in a short period of time, so we can effectively control the coronavirus,” Dr. Seo Wan-seok, the Vice-Director of Yeungnam University Medical Center, told Reuters. “And secondly, we can minimize the infection.”
“If the first patient is a confirmed case, the second patient might become infected even if they test negative because they stayed in close proximity with the first patient for a certain time,” he continued. “However, if each of them stays in their cars, then there’s no chance of infection.”
Experts in the U.S. are concerned that a slow federal response to the virus has given it more time to spread — and a lack of testing has left millions of healthy people vulnerable to infection.
The Trump administration has faced criticism over the availability of test kits. Vice President Mike Pence has said any American would be able to get tested for the disease — but he acknowledged Thursday that the capacity wasn’t there yet as the government raced to distribute tests
South Korea is currently facing the largest outbreak outside of China and one of the fastest rates of new cases. On Tuesday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared “war” against the coronavirus, placing all government agencies on a 24-hour emergency footing.
South Korea’s total cases have increased in recent days to more than 6,000. At least 42 people have died of the disease in the country.
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The amount of coverage and standard of Healthcare in Canada is described in detail on the main Government site but does vary between Provinces, however.
Each Province also has its own regulations for the practitioner’s qualifications and even nurses will have to recertify if they move between Provinces. This does cause confusion to new migrants to Canada as most foreign qualifications just may not be enough and will most likely result in some level of retraining. Dental treatment is normally NOT included in the healthcare system and you will have to pay for treatment.
Many Canadian employers offer fairly comprehensive benefits packages that include coverage for Prescription drugs and other services such as physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment though this is most often only up to 80% of the cost. As each Province has different rules for qualifying times to gain access for the free service ensure you thoroughly research your Province of choice via the links above.
If your employer doesn’t come with coverage or you wish to improve it you will need to take out a private policy
If you require short term coverage for when you first arrive in Canada, make sure you have a proper policy (travel insurance may not be sufficient) and CHECK you are covered.
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