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Human rights organizations plan to deliver faces masks to Otay Mesa Detention Center

Posted at 12:09 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 15:09:42-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A group of human and migrant rights organizations are planning to deliver 1,000 face masks to detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Center.

The planned donation comes after the groups say they have received complaints from the detainees, who say they don't have proper facial coverings or that the center has asked them to sign a waiver before receiving a mask.

The groups making the donation include American Friends Service Committee, Doctors for Camp Closure, Otay Mesa Detention Resistance, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, and CA State Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez.

As of Thursday evening, 42 detainees have tested positive for COVID-19. Eight ICE employees and 16 CoreCivic employees have also tested positive for the virus.

Last week, CoreCivic, who runs the ICE facility, told 10News there was no signed waiver required to get a mask. Also saying face masks were issued to every individual in their care at Otay Mesa.

The group plans to make the donation at 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon and hopes the detention center will accept the masks.

10News reached out to CoreCivic to find out if they would accept the donation and a spokesperson referred us to ICE. A spokesperson for ICE told us they were looking into it.