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Amid coronavirus threat, ICE release two immigrant detainees in Pa.

A lawsuit asked for the release of 13 immigrants currently held on immigration offenses in Pike, Clinton and York Counties,

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FILE PHOTO: Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents enter a restaurant to remove evidence in Cheektowaga, N.Y., Wednesday April 16, 2008.

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FILE PHOTO: Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents enter a restaurant to remove evidence in Cheektowaga, N.Y., Wednesday April 16, 2008.

 

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(Philadelphia) — U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement is releasing two immigrant detainees with underlying medical conditions in Pennsylvania, following outcry that people would be in jeopardy if the coronavirus spreads inside these facilities.

Two men originally from Indonesia have left the Pike County Correctional Facility, according to their family members and attorneys who received notification from ICE.

Mansyur, 41, suffers from diabetes, thyroid issues and high blood pressure.

Agus Prajoga, 48, has diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, and hepatitis B. Both are “at a high risk of severe illness or death” if they contract the coronavirus, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

The lawsuit asked for the release of 13 immigrants currently held on immigration offenses in Pike, Clinton and York Counties, due to their age and health issues that make them more likely to become critically ill during the coronavirus pandemic.

Both Mansyur and Prajoga had lived in the Philadelphia region for more than two decades before being taken into ICE custody in the last six months. Their cases are on appeal and neither has any criminal convictions, according to attorney Christopher Casazza.

 

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