Juan Vargas

From the office of:

Juan Vargas

Sending Office: Honorable Juan Vargas
Sent By:

The total number of detainees, ICE staff, and facilities reporting new positive cases of COVID-19 continues to grow at an alarming rate. My boss plans on sending a weekly update to DHS and ICE pointing out these concerns and signing additional Members
onto the letter

  • Since the original letter was written, detainees who have tested positive for COVID-19 has increased from 105 to 375, that’s a 257% increase. During the same period, detention facilities reporting positive COVID-19 results for detainees have gone from 25
    to 32 facilities.
  • ICE has not updated how many ICE employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the day after we sent the letter. However, at that time, ICE staff who tested positive for the virus had gone up from 25 to 40 and the detention facilities reporting
    these positive results for staff had also gone up from 7 to 11 facilities.

The next deadline to sign on to this letter is COB Wednesday, April, 29. 

For questions or to sign on please email

Cosigners (25): Susan A. Davis, Scott H. Peters, Mike Levin, James P. McGovern, Earl Blumenauer, Darren Soto, Veronica Escobar, Barbara Lee, Jahana Hayes, Sheila Jackson Lee, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jesús G. “Chuy” García, Grace F. Napolitano,
Adriano Espaillat, Tony Cárdenas, Sylvia R. Garcia, Alan Lowenthal, Mark Pocan, Albio Sires, André Carson, Jerry McNerney, Frederica S. Wilson, Joe Neguse 

The letter requests the following information on ICE’s COVID-19 policies and procedures that aim to prevent the spread of the virus to detainees, contractors, and ICE staff at these facilities.

  1. Protective masks were being distributed at a detention center in San Diego. In order to receive a mask, detainees were being asked to sign a contract distributed by CoreCivic staff containing a liability waiver written in the English language and illegible
    to most detainees. Has this gone on anywhere else?
  2. The nationwide implementation of cohorting, the inclusion of medically at-risk detainees in its cohorting practice all low-risk, and the release of non-felony and nonviolent at-risk detainees
  3. Request for nationwide statistics on the total number of COVID-19 cases, current data shared by ICE does not include third-party contractors