Democrats have called for the suspension of most ICE arrests and the release of many detainees, amid reports coronavirus infections inside detention centres are soaring.

As reports show at least 35 detainees in detention centres in 5 states have become infected and officials warn the facilities could be a tinderbox, Democrats announced legislation that would suspend all arrests that were not deemed vital to public safety.

The legislation would also see many of those currently help in government detention facilities, especially those deemed most at risk of becoming infected, released into the community.

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