The ACLU recently put out a demand that all inmates most susceptible to contracting the coronavirus be released immediately. And as Twitchy reported Tuesday, New York had released nearly 1,000 prisoners, and California was getting ready to grant early release to 3,500 inmates.
It’s tough to draw Capitol Hill journalists to your press conferences these days, so we didn’t hear about this yesterday: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, chaired by Rep. Joaquin Castro, demanded that ICE release its detainees in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 1, 2020
“Detainees live in close quarters, can’t frequently wash their hands, don’t have sanitizers and have to buy their own soap,” NBC News reports. Sorry to sound crass, but we never saw COVID-19 as a “Get out of jail free” card, but that’s what it’s shaping up to be.
Here’s more from NBC News:
In a call with news media, advocates from the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigrant Justice Center, as well as members of the Hispanic caucus, implored the Trump administration, specifically ICE, to heed public health experts who have advised releasing detained immigrants.
“ICE must release all detainees now before lives are lost,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, chairman of the Hispanic caucus.
So Castro really did say “all detainees.”
For what it’s worth, the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are not on board:
• Child abusers
• Other violent criminals
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) April 1, 2020
It was bad enough that sanctuary cities were refusing to cooperate with ICE in the first place, but if you can’t abolish ICE, you could do the next best thing.
Thst is the worst idea I've ever heard.
— Liz Mac (@TheLizMac) April 1, 2020
Don't do it.
— Paula Pro American Daly (@PaulaDaly14) April 1, 2020
They want them released? Ok, on the condition that the Congressmen each take 10 detainees home with them for the duration.
— Lynne Pence (@lynnepence) April 1, 2020
When you have a caucus based on race or ethnicity, funny how their priorities are always anti-American. This is Alinsky playbook on display. They run for office with the goal of dividing and destroying this country.
— Kathleen Lyons (@kaybuenoesyo) April 1, 2020
Racism lives. Really? Because they might be Hispanic? Unreal. Americans need to remain protected.
— Stefano Ciccone (@stefciccone) April 1, 2020
? Everyone has gone mad. @RieMcAz
— June Cleaver ?? (@12Tulip3) April 1, 2020
— Debbie Lohman (@1957d) April 1, 2020
No. Next dumb question?
— bld a brdg (@mczech_m) April 1, 2020
Are you people in the House insane?
— Ron Williams (@ronwilliamswv) April 1, 2020
All the stupid people having a stupid person party it seems
— Eloy Mackk (@EloyMackk) April 1, 2020
Oh hell no! It’s bad enough that LA County released thugs back onto the streets for no reason.
— Hershey Lover ❤️ ?? ?? (@SweetKissHershy) April 1, 2020
Why not just deport?
— Str8Don ® (@Str8Don) April 1, 2020
Deport all illegals immediately, no exceptions.
— JeffDodgers (@jeffdodgers) April 1, 2020
Back to the country of origin? Make it happen!
— jcon95b (@jcon95b) April 1, 2020
Yeah I'm fine with releasing them… Into their own countries
— Paul Tuttle (@Flash_Sc) April 1, 2020
So release people incarcerated for crimes because they can't wash their hands real good? I don't care. If you didn't break the law in the first place you wouldn't be there. Too bad.
— Fírinne (@JBoBeanie) April 1, 2020
This is something I don't understand. How do they all the sudden become innocent of their crimes due to a virus?
Democrats need to rethink this.
— Scott S. (@INeedGreenJob) April 1, 2020
New York, Los Angeles, Houston, ICE, and more releasing inmates to stop the spread of the coronavirus https://t.co/QpioCJSyEf
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 31, 2020