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Feds appeal restriction at Virginia immigrant detention site

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Posted at 7:48 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 19:48:18-04

FARMVILLE, Va. -- Justice Department lawyers are appealing a federal judge’s order that bars them from transferring inmates to a Virginia immigration detention center that experienced a massive coronavirus outbreak.

The Justice Department filed what is known as an interlocutory appeal Tuesday.

The appeal takes jurisdiction over the case from a district judge in Alexandria and puts it in front of the federal appeals court in Richmond.

U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema issued a preliminary injunction in August barring transfers into the Farmville Detention Center.

She took action after 90% of the nearly 300 inmates there tested positive for the coronavirus, and a 72-year-old Canadian detainee died.