US politician can’t meet with detainees due to pox outbreak

US politician can’t meet with detainees due to pox outbreak
File photo shows immigrant children are led by staff in single file between tents at a detention facility next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, US, June 18, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 25 June 2018

US politician can’t meet with detainees due to pox outbreak

US politician can’t meet with detainees due to pox outbreak

EL PASO/TEXAS: A US congressman says he was turned away from trying to meet with detainees from the southern border crisis because of a chicken pox outbreak at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.
The Tacoma News Tribune reports that US Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Democrat, went to the prison Saturday after hearing that a number of migrants who were separated from their children after crossing the US-Mexico border were transferred there from another federal prison in SeaTac.
Kilmer said he had official tours set up at both facilities but that it was canceled due to protest-related safety concerns.
And when the congressman tried to visit three detainees during the regularly scheduled visiting hours on Saturday, he was told that they were all quarantined due to chicken pox exposure.