Infant Child of ICE Employee Has Swine Flu

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Earlier this month, authorities confirmed an outbreak of the H1N1 virus at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center, known as the Krome Service Processing Center, in Miami. Now the 19-month-old child of an employee at the center has a confirmed case of the virus, and the American Federation of Government Employees is worried ICE didn't do enough to protect its employees. 

Read a press release from the group: "AFGE's National ICE Council 118 for weeks urged ICE officials to provide its personnel with N-95 masks, in addition to training and information on dealing with the H1N1 virus. ICE on Saturday, June 13, finally did outfit its personnel at the Krome facility with masks, but only after confirming four cases of the virus at the facility. (Two more cases since were confirmed and 20 more are suspected.)" 

The group claims detainees are being treated with anti-viral medication, while employees are not. 

"We are deeply concerned about this baby and offer full support to our fellow ICE employee," said Matthew Brooks, president of AFGE Local 527, which represents workers at Krome. "This child is an innocent victim in what could be a very serious game that ICE is playing with its employees."

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.