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A locked gate at the border in Nogales. Medical care in immigration detention facilities was deficient even before the pandemic and in September, a court order expired that required federal immigration officials to consider releasing detainees with COVID risks.

Across the country, the chance of developing severe illness or dying from COVID has fallen - but for the roughly 30,000 people living in close quarters in the country’s network of immigration facilities, COVID remains an ever-present threat. Read more»

The wait at the border has led some migrants to develop health problems, exacerbated people’s chronic ailments, like hypertension or diabetes; left some in dire conditions without care; and compounded the trauma experienced by those fleeing their homes. Read more»