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Judge orders authorities to release hundreds of immigrants from Florida detention centers

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Posted at 4:04 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 16:04:15-04

A federal judge has ordered authorities to release hundreds of immigrants from three Florida detention centers to prevent a wider spread of the coronavirus.

U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Cooke says the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must submit a report Sunday with steps to bring down the centers population from 1,400 to about 350.

The judge issued the order late Thursday. It is the latest issued by a federal judge instructing the release of immigrants. ICE says seven detainees at the Krome Detention Center in Miami have tested positive. At least eight staff members have been infected.