Few Details on Immigrants Who Died in US Custody

Nina Bernstein, of The New York Times: "Word spread quickly inside the windowless walls of the Elizabeth Detention Center, an immigration jail in New Jersey: A detainee had fallen, injured his head and become incoherent. Guards had put him in solitary confinement, and late that night, an ambulance had taken him away more dead than alive. But outside, for five days, no official notified the family of the detainee, Boubacar Bah, a 52-year-old tailor from Guinea who had overstayed a tourist visa. When frantic relatives located him at University Hospital in Newark on Feb. 5, 2007, he was in a coma after emergency surgery for a skull fracture and multiple brain hemorrhages. He died there four months later without ever waking up, leaving family members on two continents trying to find out why."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050508O.shtml

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Too much secrecy

Las Vegas Sun
by staff

05/06/08

The deaths of U.S. immigration detainees are lost in a patchwork process in which they can be dead for days or even weeks before their families are notified. …. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials review cases of detainee deaths internally but are not required to investigate them or report them to the public...

//www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008/may/06/too-much-secrecy/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Immigrants Facing Deportation by U.S. Hospitals

Mr. Jiménez was deported - not by the federal government but by the hospital, Martin Memorial. After winning a state court order that would later be declared invalid, Martin Memorial leased an air ambulance for $30,000 and "forcibly returned him to his home country," as one hospital administrator described it.

//www.globalexchange.org/countries/americas/mexico/5859.html


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