ILLEGAL immigrants detained by U.S. officials are being released from jails across the country to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Judges in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, Massachusetts and California have been ordering Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to free detainees, according to reports.

Last week, two immigration detainees at a facility in Plymouth, Mass. were released from custody after a lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts and immigration attorneys.

The suit was filed for their release because they have medical conditions that put them at high risk for serious illness or death, in the event of a coronavirus infection.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled that ICE must release 13 people in state detention centers.

And last Thursday, a federal judge in New York City ordered the immediate release of 10 immigrants at detention facilities in New Jersey because of their health risks.

The detainees “face an imminent risk of death or serious injury in immigration detention if exposed to COVID-19,” Judge Analisa Torres wrote in her order, according to the New York Post.

The ICE detainees had suffered from pulmonary issues, diabetes, asthma and a history of pneumonia.

Torres wrote of ICE officials and the Department of Homeland Security: “Respondents appear to ignore this condition of confinement that will likely cause imminent, life-threatening illness.”

“Respondents could not represent that the detention facilities were in a position to allow inmates to remain six feet apart from one another, as recommended by the CDC,” she added.

The jails where the detainees were being housed include the Hudson County Jail, the Bergen County Jail and the Essex County Jail.

A judge in California ordered the Trump administration on Saturday to "make every effort to promptly and safely release” migrant children in detention, after four tested positive at a facility in New York.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, who ordered the 13 immigrants in Pennsylvania be released, wrote in his ruling: "Should we fail to [order their release] … we will be party to an unconscionable and possibly barbaric result.”

The U.S. holds around 37,000 people in immigration detention.

According to the law enforcement agency, four people who are either are or were detained have tested positive for the coronavirus as of Tuesday.

Five facility personnel and 28 ICE employees not assigned to detention facilities have also tested positive for the virus.

According to Carl Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, “Public health experts have predicted that once outbreaks in detention centers begin, they will spread rapidly.”

“The same experts continue to advise that detention centers — as well as jails and prisons — must dramatically reduce their population for the safety of detained people, staff, and the communities they live in.”

When contacted by The Sun on Tuesday, an ICE official pointed out the agency’s coronavirus guidance, which includes suspending social, not legal, visitations with detainees.

ICE says detainees at centers are being tested for the virus per CDC guidance, and are housing those with risk to exposure separately from the general population.

The agency “places detainees with fever and/or respiratory symptoms in a single medical housing room, or in a medical airborne infection isolation room specifically designed to contain biological agents, such as COVID-19,” they state online.

“ICE transports individuals with moderate to severe symptoms, or those who require higher levels of care or monitoring, to appropriate hospitals with expertise in high-risk care.”

But detainees say the measures aren’t enough, with people staying in dorm-like bays with no social distancing possible or in smaller rooms that they sometimes have to clean themselves, with insufficient cleaning supplies.

“It's impossible to stay calm,” Marco Battistotti, a 54-year-old Italian who is among 170 people detained by ICE at the Bristol County jail in Massachusetts told The Associated Press.

“People are panicking. People are in fear,” he said. “I don't want to die in an ICE jail. Why can't I fight my case on the outside?”

An unidentified 31-year-old male who was the first immigration detainee in the U.S. to test positive for the virus told BuzzFeed News: “I thought I was going to die and leave my daughter alone.”

The man was being held at the Bergen County Jail — which has stopped taking in detainees amid the outbreak — but has since been released.

One of President Donald Trump’s signature policies is a hard-line immigration stance.

His administration has been pressured since the coronavirus pandemic came to the U.S. to free people from immigration custody.

Immigration detention — which include facilities run by local jurisdictions and private contractors — is similar to that facing jails and prisons, with staff also at risk.

One difference is that more than half of ICE detainees have no criminal charges or conviction and are held only for immigration reasons.

Under previous administrations, many would likely have been released on bond as they pursued their cases.

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