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ICE: Lawyers Must Bring Their Own Protective Gear To Detention Centers

Attorneys wanting to visit clients inside immigration detention centers now have to bring their own gear to protect against the coronavirus.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association says the rule will cut people off from their legal counsel.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement published the new safety rule on its website over the weekend. Lawyers planning to see their clients now have to bring their own eye protection, mask and gloves to wear inside the detention center.

Getting a hold of the gear seems likely to prove difficult as healthvcare officials have reported mask shortages nationwide.

The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project estimates there are roughly 5,000 people detained in Arizona on any given day.

ICE’s website says there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 inside detention centers as of March 17, which was almost a week ago.

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Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.