Charlie Buttrey

September 25, 2020

After a federal district court issued a preliminary injunction in response to claims that conditions at the Adelanto Immigration and Customs Enforcement Processing Center (“Adelanto”) placed detainees at unconstitutional risk of contracting COVID-19, the Trump Administration appealed. Oral arguments were heard last week. As the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit was preparing its opinion following those arguments, the court learned that, before oral arguments had been held, 58 detainees — more than half of those with test results — and eight staff members at Adelanto had tested positive for COVID-19. Another 300 detainees and staff members had not yet received their test results. Twenty of the COVID19-positive detainees belonged to a medically vulnerable group at the greatest risk of suffering severe complications. Nine were hospitalized.

Lawyers for the Trump Administration were aware of the outbreak by the time of oral argument, but failed to tell the court.
In the real world, that is the sort of thing that should lead to a complaint with the Professional Responsibility Board.
We don’t, I’m afraid, live in the real world anymore.

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