Saturday, June 15, 2019
As the Trump administration ramps up efforts to expand immigration detention in the United States, many detained immigrants continue to suffer behind bars due to woefully inadequate medical and mental health care. In the past two years, 24 people died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention alone as a result.
Katie Shepard for Immigration Impact reports that, in June 2018, advocates filed a complaint to address widespread deficiencies at the Aurora, Colorado immigrant detention center. One year later, conditions at the facility have grown measurably worse. Read the report for details. The conclusion: "Until the government takes immediate action and implements meaningful oversight mechanisms to improve medical and mental healthcare, individuals will continue to needlessly suffer—and perish—in immigration detention centers such as Aurora."