Lawmakers To Newsom: Stop Transferring Prisoners

Lawmakers had asked Governor Gavin Newsom to stop transferring people from prison to ICE detention, said a KPBS report.

They claimed this is one of the major contributors to the continued spread of the virus inside immigration detention.

This was both claimed by advocates and lawmakers, said the report.

They said people who finished their prison term and are transferred to ICE custody for possible deportation.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta and state Sen. Ben Hueso and others sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday.


They are asking him to issue an executive order stopping these transfers.

According to the report, over 250 people have been transferred from California prisons to ICE detention.

It’s Going On For Months

They said this was happening since Governor Newsom issued a Stay-At-Home order in March.

The report said, there were three people who had already tested positive for COVID-19 in June.

They contracted the virus while in prison in Riverside County.

However, their transfers were allowed to go ahead anyway.

Immigrant advocates even tried to deliver masks to Otay Mesa Detention Center after they found out.

The Otay Mesa Detention Center has had 167 positive cases of coronavirus since March, said the report.

ICE did not respond to a request for comment.

They were asked how many people have been transferred from state prison to the facility.

Hope Is Coming

Assemblymember Bonta is hopeful the Governor will listen to them.

 “This is a governor who has met the moment time and time again,” Bonta said during a Monday morning press conference.

“I’m confident and hopeful he’ll meet it again with us on this issue and be our partner.

“(This is) to make sure we’re doing right by our Californians in custody.

“(They) do not need to be sent to potential death sentences in immigration detention centers.”

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