U.S. Continued Deporting People with COVID-19, Despite New Protocols

Despite a move by the United States’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) to stop sending home COVID-19-infected deportees in 2020, documents show they continue to arrive on planes in Guatemala, according to Oscar Garcia’s new report for palabra.

At least 292 Guatemalans were sent home infected with the virus between May of 2020 — when the new health protocols were established — and October. And life at home for those who’ve lived through infections and illness continues to be marked by isolation and stigma.