“We sent 500 tests. They don’t answer calls”: Inside ICE’s coronavirus testing disaster

Kathy Kunkel, secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health, was frustrated.

She was getting reports the first week of May of horrifying conditions at the Otero County Processing Center, one of three U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facilities in the state. Detainees were responsible for disinfecting their own living spaces but weren’t getting adequate cleaning supplies. Their sheets hadn’t been washed for a month. Social distancing was impossible inside housing units…

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