In April of 2006, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General released an audit report titled Detention and Removal of Illegal Aliens. The report centered around ICE’s Office of Detention and Removal (DRO) and highlighted the fact that the office releases approximately 36% of all illegal aliens apprehended and detained by Customs and Border Protection every year. These individuals are released into the country either on bond while awaiting the results of their immigration cases or on their own recognizance.
As a followup to my earlier post, More Homeland Security Detainee Abuse, it seems that the feds are finally investigating a Rhode Island Homeland Security Detention Center regarding detainee abuse and criminally negligent health care practices.
The straw that finally broke the camel’s back was the case of a Chinese computer engineer who overstayed a visa years ago and had been held for more than a year by the feds. During his incarceration at the friendly neighborhood detention center, his pleas for help regarding his steadily deteriorating health fell on deaf ears until he finally died from a broken back and cancer that went undiagnosed and untreated.
Over the past few months, there have been several news articles written highlighting poor conditions in ICE detention facilities across the country. Detention facilities that house in excess of 30,000 detainees at any given time. The poor conditions, which include criminally negligent health care or the lack thereof, have resulted in the death of several detainees. The most recent case is highlighted below in a New York Times article written by Nina Bernstein.