COVID-19 outbreak at ICE detention center in Eloy has ballooned into one of the largest in the nation

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By Daniel Gonzalez | Arizona Republic 

Immigrants detained at the La Palma Correctional Center near Eloy have become increasingly desperate as the new coronavirus outbreak at the facility has grown into to one of the biggest in the nation.

At least 76 undocumented immigrants detained at the 3,060-bed detention center had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Saturday.

That is sixth largest coronavirus outbreak at an immigration detention facility in the country, according to the most recent data released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

La Palma Correctional Center, a former prison, is run by the private for profit company CoreCivic, under a contract with ICE. The outbreak at La Palma has become increasingly concerning in light of two detainees’ recent deaths of coronavirus complications at other detention centers.

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