Timeline for entries tagged “Public Health”

A chronology of events related to U.S. border governance and migration

July 7

The County of San Diego, UC San Diego Health, and the state of California successfully collaborated on an initiative which brought thousands of Mexican maquiladora workers across the border to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. The program, which lasted multiple weeks and concluded last Friday, was able to bus 1,500 workers to the border every other day and ultimately vaccinated over 24,000 workers. This success paves the way for similar projects now being initiated in other border regions, including El Paso-Juarez in Texas and Nogales-Agua Prieta in Arizona.

Tags: Coronavirus, Public Health

December 3, 2020

  • An El Paso immigrant detention facility has the largest current detainee COVID-19 outbreak of any Immigrations and Customs Enforcement facility in the United States. As of Nov. 30, 44 detainees at El Paso Service Processing Center have COVID-19, according to ICE’s website. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 301 detainees in El Paso have tested positive for the virus. The next largest outbreak is 35 at a detention facility in Pearsall, Texas.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, Public Health, U.S. Policy

December 1, 2020

  • Human smugglers are exploiting the enforcement policies that President Donald Trump’s administration set in motion along the U.S.-Mexico border, including large-scale restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the ongoing construction of physical barriers. Those U.S. policies — coupled with the precarious living situations for thousands of migrants that the pandemic has exacerbated in Mexico — are creating ripe conditions for smugglers. The result is a dramatic rise in human smuggling activity across southern Arizona over the past year, according to multiple federal and local law enforcement agencies in the state.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Migration, Public Health, U.S. Policy

November 18, 2020

  • A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to halt its practice of “expelling” underage migrants who enter the United States without a parent, a ruling that also cast doubt on the broader legality of the emergency public health measures the U.S. government has used since March to impose strict border controls. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s preliminary injunction requires the Trump administration to once more process the humanitarian claims of minors who cross the U.S. border alone, rather than returning them to Mexico or flying them back to their home countries without due process.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, Public Health, U.S. Policy

November 18, 2020

  • A federal judge blocked President Trump’s policy of turning away migrant children at the border as public health risks, ruling that the expulsion of thousands of children without due process exceeded the authority that public health emergency decrees confer. 

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, Public Health, U.S. Policy

October 30, 2020

  • An immigration detention center in south Texas has been converted into a staging ground to hold migrant families with children who the Trump administration seeks to expel from the U.S. without a court hearing, asylum interview or consultation with lawyers.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, Public Health, U.S. Policy

October 14, 2020

  • With migrant deaths approaching levels not seen in years, humanitarian aid volunteers in southern Arizona say that the U.S. Border Patrol is using Covid-19 as a pretext to quietly dump large numbers of immigrants in Sasabe, one of the most remote and potentially dangerous communities in the Sonoran Desert, overwhelming the town’s limited immigration resources and placing individuals at significant risk of being targeted by organized criminal groups.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Human Rights, Migrant Deaths, Migration, Public Health, U.S. Policy

September 9, 2020

  • The Trump administration is considering changing a pandemic-related border policy to no longer quickly return unaccompanied immigrant children to four countries that require them to test negative for the coronavirus before entering, according to a draft of the order obtained by BuzzFeed News.

Tags: Migration, Public Health, U.S. Policy

September 8, 2020

  • The government watchdog office for the United States’ border security agency warned Tuesday of a possible lapse in medical care services for migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, which could pose a risk to the health of border agents and officers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, Public Health, U.S. Policy

August 10, 2020

  • Later this week, a COVID-19 testing site will open up just outside PedEast, where tens of thousands of pedestrians cross into the United States from Mexico every day. The location is thought to be the closest testing location to the U.S.-Mexico border in any state, and is the result, the county says, of a data-driven, community-led strategy that aims to slow the spread of COVID-19 in South Bay communities.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Public Health, U.S. Policy