Left-wing activist group GetUp! demands the government release illegal immigrants – to ‘stop the spread of coronavirus’
- GetUp! wants government to release immigration detainees because of COVID
- Supporters being called on to bombard Acting Immigration Minister with emails
- Left-wing group argues Sydney, Melbourne corona clusters justified release
Left-wing activist group GetUp! is demanding the release of immigration detainees arguing this will stop the spread of coronavirus.
The lobby group for politically-progressive causes groups is urging Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge to allow asylum seekers to live in the community because detention centre guards in Sydney and Melbourne had either tested positive to COVID-19 or were self isolating.
‘For months thousands of medical professionals have warned about this exact situation, citing fears that if coronavirus makes it into the centres, it could spread rapidly and quickly become a public health crisis,’ it said.
‘This not only puts the lives of hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers at risk, but puts more pressure on the already strained healthcare system and workers.’
Left-wing activist group GetUp! is demanding the release of immigration detainees arguing this will stop the spread of coronavirus
GetUp! is urging its supporters to bombard Mr Tudge with emails, following coronavirus outbreaks in Melbourne’s north-west and Sydney’s south-west, which are both home to immigration detention centres.
‘It’s exactly what thousands of medical professionals warned us about,’ they said.
‘A Melbourne immigration detention facility guard has tested positive for COVID-19 this week, and now staff from Villawood detention centre in Sydney are self-isolating after going to a virus hotspot.
‘The government has a duty to keep the women, children, and families in detention safe – make sure they know it.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Mr Tudge for a response.