Detained migrant with COVID-19 forced to call in to court

7 months 1 week 1 day ago Thursday, April 16 2020 Apr 16, 2020 April 16, 2020 11:07 PM April 16, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

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HOUSTON (AP) - A detained immigrant who says he's tested positive for COVID-19 was required to call in for a court hearing even after a guard said he was too weak to talk. An attorney for Salomon Diego Alonzo says that when a judge asked his name Thursday, the guard answered that Alonzo didn't have the lung capacity to respond. His case provides new insight into how U.S. immigration authorities are dealing with a steadily rising number of coronavirus cases among roughly 32,000 detainees. Alonzo's final asylum hearing was postponed after a call that lasted for about two hours. Immigration authorities declined to comment.

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