At least half a dozen immigrants have expired since 2017 after getting insufficient medical care from U.S. detention centers, according to a new report in the House Oversight Committee.
House researchers, headed by Democratic Party chairs, recorded flaws in medical care and crisis response, staffing shortages, and lapses in psychological healthcare and incorrect or falsified documents.
“This broken system requires fundamental reforms, such as improving internal and external supervision, stopping the use of private prison builders, and significantly diminishing the number of immigrants arrested in the first place,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the Democratic chairwoman of the committee.
Tran was put in solitary confinement in the Eloy Detention Center in Tucson, Arizona, after agreeing together with his prescription and without a complete medical evaluation or regular checks from personnel, according to the report.
“[ICE] is completely committed to the wellbeing and security of those within our care and will examine the committee’s report,” ICE public events manager Stacey Daniels said in a statement Thursday. “But it’s obvious that this one-sided overview of our centers has been completed to tarnish our bureau’s standing, instead of reviewing the maintenance detainees get while in our custody.”
As illustrations of its dedication to supervision, Daniels pointed into some toll-free hotline which allows detainees to report Legislation to ICE or their lawyers and mentioned that the agency generally makes improvements based on recommendations in the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General.
Committee staff visited 22 government and private centers and examined thousands of documents due to their investigation of documents on six detainees who died in custody within the previous 3 decades. The report’s authors said their findings reveal”a troubling pattern of immigrants getting insufficient and delayed medical attention.”
In one such instance described in the report, a detainee was tasked with isolated confinement after he tried suicide and it was decided that he was a threat to others or himself. Jean Carlos Jimenez-Joseph has been 27 years old when he died by suicide using a bedsheet in the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia.
The officer who discovered Jimenez-Joseph also left the holding cell to discover a tool to cut down him rather than calling for assistance, according to the report.
While cases mentioned in the report back well before the coronavirus health catastrophe, it notes some lapses in healthcare”could aggravate the spread”