Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been forced to quarantined thousands of those in ICE custody, due to exposure to mumps and or chicken pox, according to CNN.
The news outlet reported that 5,200 adults were placed in quarantine, which was a big jump over previous years. According to their report 39 immigrant detention centers nationwide have reported cases of mumps or chicken pox, an official reported to CNN.
“The Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly warned of the toll the increasing number of migrants at the border has taken on the department,” CNN reported. “This week, Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan urged lawmakers for additional funding to assist operations, calling the crisis ‘unlike anything our country has ever faced.’
“In May, nearly 133,000 migrants were apprehended by Customs and Border Protection — the majority of whom were families and unaccompanied children. Many of them turn themselves in to Border Patrol.”
“I think there is heightened interest in this situation because it’s the mumps, which is a new occurrence in custody, but preventing the spread of communicable disease in ICE custody is something we have demonstrated success doing,” said Nathalie Asher, ICE executive associate director for enforcement and removal operations.
“From an operational perspective, the impact is significant in the short and long term and will result in an increase in cohorted detainees’ length of stay in detention, an inability to effect removal of eligible cohorted detainees, and postponing scheduled consular interviews for quarantined detainees,” she added.
ICE is forced to quarantine individuals for 25 days due to the incubation period, and an official said that the staff is also put on alert.
“This week, the ICE Health Service Corps issued a reminder to senior field leadership reminding their staff to review vaccination records and take appropriate actions,” the official said according to CNN.