The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) due to denying five medically vulnerable individuals who were seeking COVID-19 vaccine booster shots and were denied.

Due to the Omicron variant posing a huge risk in ICE detention centers, the health of thousands of detained immigrants is at risk due to the variant spreading rapidly amongst facilities nationwide.

“As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads rapidly in ICE detention centers, immigrants detained in these facilities are increasingly afraid for their health and lives,” said Eunice Cho, senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s National Prison Project.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, detained immigrants in ICE facilities have been denied access to suitable medical care and demanded to live in crowded conditions. These conditions are believed to be inhumane and pose a huge threat to the immigrant community detained in ICE centers.

Booster shots are widely available around the country but ICE has failed to provide them to individuals who are detained.

For more information on this concern, please visit the article published by ACLU down below.