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The Hill: "Chickenpox shows how unprepared we are at the border"

In his latest op-ed for The Hill, Dr. Jonathan Fielding, professor-in-residence of health policy and management, shares his thoughts about "our government’s responsibility toward those whom they detain or deport and all those with whom they interact."

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Monday, July 2, 2018

It’s been more than a week since a detainee at Victorville — a prison complex in California being used by Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) — was diagnosed with chickenpox.

About 1,000 immigrants were moved here as part of the Trump administration’s crackdown on asylum seekers; authorities claim that they were medically screened on entry to the prison.

The diagnosis of chickenpox — highly contagious, passed by touching or breathing virus particles — came days after protesting prison workers there — who considered the situation dangerous - urged the federal government to add more staff to the medical unit.

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