24 immigrants have died in ICE custody during the Trump Administration.

By |2019-06-09T07:41:27-08:00June 9th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Courtesy of NBC News:

In April, a 54-year-old immigrant from Mexico died after several feverish days in a solitary cell. In May, a 21-year-old man from India hung himself in an Arizona jail. On June 1, a 25-year-old asylum seeker named Johana Medina Leon died in a Texas hospital after nearly six weeks in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The deaths of three ICE detainees since April, along with the release of several internal and watchdog reports documenting dismal conditions at ICE detention centers, have prompted an outcry from advocates who say the Trump administration is pushing growing numbers of immigrants into a detention system ill-equipped to care for them.

Twenty-four immigrants have died in ICE custody during the Trump administration, according to an NBC News analysis of federal data. At least four others, including Medina Leon, died shortly after being released from ICE custody. The number of in-custody deaths remains below the peak of 32 deaths in 2004, the first full calendar year records were kept. (I would like to point out that 2004 was during the Bush Administration.) 

The tally does not include migrants, including five children, who have died in the custody of other federal agencies.

The recent spate of deaths comes as the number of immigrants in federal custody hits a record high. As of early June, ICE was detaining more than 52,500 immigrants a day in a sprawling network of more than 200 detention centers across the country — up from about 34,000 under the Obama administration.

The Administration claims they are giving these immigrants top-notch medical treatment, and is attempting to blame these deaths on inadequate health care they received before crossing the border. 

But perhaps we should ask ourselves how much care we can expect these agencies to provide for immigrants they barely see as people. 

After all one more dead immigrant is one less individual who has to be processed through the system.

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  1. anon June 9, 2019 at 5:35 pm


    In one of the world’s greatest understatements, then-Riverside Sheriff Ben Clark said afterwards, “The bad guys simply had the better weapons”

    By “better,” Clark was referring to a Colt AR-15, Colt Shorty AR and Heckler & Koch HK93, all civilian versions of the M-16 used by American troops in Vietnam. In addition, ringleader George Smith had armed himself with a Heckler .308 caliber semi-automatic rifle so powerful it could crack the engine block and kill any animal in the world from a half mile away with a single shot. Armed with 40-round capacity magazines taped together up-down-up “jungle style,” the bad guys were able to fire 120 rounds a minute. That day they fired over a thousand.

  2. Miss Demeanor June 9, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    But, But, didn’t they have heartbeats? “They’ll know we are christians by our love, by our love, yes they’ll know we are christians by our love.”
    Count me out, clucking christian hypocrites.

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