Canada is releasing immigration detainees at ‘unprecedented’ rates amid COVID-19 fears

Article Link: https://globalnews.ca/news/6861756/canada-releasing-immigration-detainees-coronavirus-covid-19/

Discussion posted by: JohnF44

The number of immigration detainees held in provincial jails and immigration holding centres across Canada has dropped by more than half since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, according to data provided to Global News. “We would never normally see such a dramatic drop in detention (detainees) in such a short period of time. That’s unprecedented,” said Swathi Sekhar, an immigration and refugee lawyer based in Toronto. A number of legal and advocacy groups have been calling for the release of immigration detainees and people held in jails and prisons who are not deemed risks to public safety due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in these facilities, and the conditions there that make it difficult to isolate and control the spread of infection.