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.