Quarantine at Detention Center Due to Swine Flu
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Authorities say dozens of immigrants being held at San Diego's Otay Mesa detention center are being quarantined because of fears over the swine flu.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say two cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed at the facility since last month. The individuals were treated and recovered.
ICE spokeswoman Lauren Mack says 72 detainees have been segregated from the center's general population for observation because of possible contact with infected people.
Sean Riordan, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, says the observation practice is "devastating" to immigrants whose court hearings are being delayed even if they're not sick.
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