Kaine says decision to transfer ICE detainees to Farmville facility shows Trump administration operates in “violation of the law”.

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WASHINGTON (WFXR/AP) — Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said a recent Washington Post article alleging the Trump administration flew detainees to Farmville’s ICE detention center in order to position federal officers in the region to deal with large-scale protests was a “violation of the law.”

A judge issued an injunction last month barring transfers into Farmville Detention Center. She blamed a coronavirus outbreak there on a “bureaucratic circus” that resulted in detainees being transferred to Farmville from Florida and Arizona without any quarantine. Ultimately 90% of nearly 300 inmates there tested positive for the coronavirus, and a 72-year-old detainee died.

A Washington Post article published Friday alleges the Trump administration flew detainees to Virginia as a way to bypass a law that prevents charter air travel for federal employees.

Speaking to WFXR News from Washington, Kaine called the allegations against the Trump administration “outrageous.”

“This is outrageous. It demonstrates in this area of immigration – the Trump administration often operates at the apex of cruelty, incompetence, and violation of the law.”

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)

Watch Senator Kaine’s remarks below.

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