State Senate Approves ICE Oversight

While Rejecting Paid Quarantine Leave

September 16, 2020 - 4:12 pm

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)


Richmond, Va. ( - The State Senate has approved a bill that would give the Commonwealth more oversight of Virginia's two ICE-contracted facilities.  The facility in Farmville, at one point this summer, had the most Covid cases of any ICE-related facility in the country.  One detainee died.  The other facility is in Caroline County.

The Washington Post reported recently that detainees were transfered to the Farmville site in order to get ICE agents to Washington to handle Black Lives Matter protests there.  The Covid outbreak followed those transfers.  The bill would allow unannounced inspections and for the Commonwealth to set sanitation standards.  Opponents argued ICE could leave, costing both areas jobs.

The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee also rejected a bill that would have guaranteed two weeks pay to employees forced home by Covid.   Businesses complained about the potential costs.  The measure had passed the House.