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Immigrant detainee deaths ignored?

Posted by karmalily on April 2, 2009

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that immigrants are not treated well in this country. But this is unbelievable. From the NY Times:

The hand-scrawled letter from a New Jersey jail was urgent. An immigration detainee had died that day, Sept. 9, 2005, a fellow inmate wrote in broken English, describing chest pains and pleas for medical attention that went unheeded until too late.

“Death… need to be investigated,” he urged a loccal group that corresponded with foreigners held for deportation at the jail, the Monmouth County Correctional Institute in Freehold. “We care very much because that can happen to anyone of us.”

Yet like a message in a bottle tossed from a distant shore, even the fact of the detainee’s death was soon swept away.

It is completely unacceptable that in America today immigrants are still treated this badly. I’m not going to turn this into the “America was founded on immigration” argument (although it was and it is a valid point), I just want people to realize that there are human rights abuses right here in America.

In New Jersey, an Immigrant Detainee Dies, and Then Vanishes From the Records


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