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Justice Department Appeals ICE Transfer Injunction Order

A federal judge barred ICE from transferring immigrant detainees to the Farmville, Virginia, immigration jail undergoing a massive COVID-19 outbreak

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Justice Department lawyers appealed a federal judge’s order that bars them from transferring immigrant detainees to a Virginia immigration jail currently undergoing a massive COVID-19 outbreak. U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema issued a preliminary injunction barring transfers into the Farmville Detention Center in Virginia, blaming a “bureaucratic circus” that allowed a large group of detainees to be transferred from Florida and Arizona without any quarantine. The case will now be heard by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

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