Prince George’s County Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the suspension of civil immigration enforcement or for Immigration Customs Enforcement to provide “appropriate health services and facilities” to immigration detainees during the coronavirus pandemic.
The measure was sponsored by District Two County Councilor Deni Taveras. “We have made it a misdemeanor in the state of Maryland to not comply with social distancing, yet we are keeping at least 29 of Prince George’s County residents, from complying,” said Councilor Taveras. “We must consider the health and safety of all Prince Georgians, including those who are in immigration detention.”
At least 29 Prince George’s County residents are in immigration detention. Their ages range from 19 to 62 years old, and have lived in the United States for an average of 16 years. According to County officials, at least nine of the residents detained have pre-existing medical conditions that could make them more susceptible to the novel coronavirus.