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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."

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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