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COVID-19 Death at Otay Mesa Detention Center | Guest: Anthony Alexandre, Detainee at Otay Mesa




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The Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego County has become ground zero for the COVID-19 pandemic spread within ICE detention centers. On May 6 county officials confirmed the first COVID-19 death of a detained immigrant in ICE custody.

Guest: Anthony Alexandre, a detainee at the Otay Mesa Detention Center. He is one of the main organizers of the hunger strikes that have recently taken place at the detention center. The hunger strikes started in protest of the unsanitary and unsafe conditions that the detainees complained about to ICE and CoreCivic, the private company that operates the center for ICE.

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