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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down on Oct. 20 a preliminary injunction that protected COVID-19 vulnerable immigrant detainees. The injunction, from April 2020, stemmed from a suit that included three Adelanto detainees and one Rancho Cucamonga nonprofit. 

The preliminary injunction created a subclass of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees who were vulnerable to COVID-19, and ordered ICE to track members of the subclass, define minimum acceptable detention conditions for them, reduce their risk of infection and make “timely custody determinations” for them. 

Faour Abdallah Fraihat, Thomas Ragland and Martin Munoz, all then detained at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center, and the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, were among the plaintiffs.

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