Citing the coronavirus public health crisis, lawyers on Wednesday asked a federal court in California to require the Trump administration to release unaccompanied migrant children who have been in government custody for more than a month or transfer them to facilities where social distancing can be reasonably practiced. The attorneys wrote that “the vast majority of” the thousands of children in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) “spend all of their time in close proximity to other children and staff members.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that detained individuals are at heightened risk of contracting coronavirus. Julie DeAunn Graves, a former regional medical director for the Texas Department of State Health Services, said in a declaration accompanying the filing that institutional housing may be dangerous for migrant children whose immune systems could have been compromised due to malnourishment.”Common health problems afflicting children in different forms of immigration custody … include malnutrition, asthma, heart disease, immunosuppression, inadequate vaccination, diarrheal illness, sleep disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, exhaustion, and seizure disorders,” said Graves, who is associate director of clinical services at the online women’s health company Nurx. “People with these health issues are among those at high


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