According to agency statistics, nearly a third of immigrants held in custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have refused the option of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
An ICE official confirmed to Fox News that the rate of vaccine decline in all ICE detention centers is 30%.
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According to current ICE data, there are 1,182 positive cases among 27,067 detained in police custody.
The ongoing crisis at the southern border has raised concerns about possible infection not only for migrants who frequently travel to the border in cramped and unsanitary conditions, but also for ICE and Customs and Security staff. border protection (CBP), then in the general public if released in the United States
The Biden administration has aggressively urged all who are eligible to get vaccinated amid a spike in cases from the delta variant. According to Axios, who first reported the declination rate, ICE recently began distributing an initial allocation of 10,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and that more than 9,500 doses have been distributed to date.
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The rate of decline in vaccination is likely to further fuel concerns about the relationship to the border outbreak and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many of those detained by ICE are recent border franchisees, although it also detains those already living in the country illegally and the agency is seeking to deport.
The Trump administration implemented Title 42 public health protections at the start of the pandemic, which quickly turned back migrants to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Biden administration has not turned away unaccompanied children and some family units.
Outlets have reported that the Biden administration is considering ending Title 42 for migrant families, and possibly single adults as well. The administration said its decision will be made by science and guided by experts.
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Trump-era officials have warned that many countries where migrants come from often lag behind the United States in terms of vaccinations, and struggle to keep the virus under control.
Meanwhile, Fox News reported this week that the number of inmates in CBP custody who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) alone increased by 900%.