Monday, April 15

In 3 Months, 3 Immigrants Have Died at a Private Detention Center in California

Orit Ben-Ezzer/ZUMA Wire

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A Honduran immigrant held at a struggling detention center in California’s high desert passed away Wednesday night while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Vincente Caceres-Maradiaga, 46, was getting treatment for numerous medical conditions while waiting on a migration court to choose whether to deport him, according an ICE declaration. He collapsed as he was playing soccer at the detention center and passed away while en path to a regional medical facility.

Caceres-Maradiaga’s death is the current in a string of casualties amongst detainees held at the Adelanto Detention Facility, which is run by the GEO Group, the nation’s biggest personal jail business. 3 individuals held at the center have actually passed away in the last 3 months, consisting of Osmar Epifanio Gonzalez-Gadba, a 32-year-old Nicaraguan discovered hanging in his cell on March 22, and Sergio Alonso Lopez, a Mexican guy who passed away of internal bleeding on April 13 after investing more than 2 months in custody.

Given that it opened in 2011, Adelanto has actually dealt with allegations of inadequate treatment and bad conditions. In July 2015, 29 members of Congress sent out a letter to ICE and federal inspectors asking for an examination into health and wellness issues at the center. They pointed out the 2012 death of Fernando Dominguez at the center, stating it was the outcome of “outright mistakes” by the center’s medical personnel, who did not provide him correct medical exams or permit him to get prompt off-site treatment. In November 2015, 400 detainees started an appetite strike, requiring much better medical and oral care in addition to other reforms.

The federal government warranties GEO that a minimum of 975 immigrants will be held at the center and pays $111 per detainee each day.

Last year, the city of Adelanto, acting as an intermediary in between ICE and GEO, made an offer to extend the business’s agreement till 2021. The federal government warranties GEO that a minimum of 975 immigrants will be held at the center and pays $111 per detainee daily, according to California state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who has actually battled to cut personal migration detention. After that point, ICE just needs to pay $50 per detainee each day– a reward to fill more beds.

Of California’s 4 independently run migration detention centers, 3 usage city governments as intermediaries in between ICE and personal jail business. On Tuesday, the California senate voted 26-13 to prohibit such agreements, supporting a costs that might possibly close Adelanto when its agreement goes out in 2021. The Dignity Not Detention Act, authored by Lara, would avoid city governments from finalizing or extending agreements with personal jail business to apprehend immigrants beginning in 2019. The costs would likewise need all in-state centers that hold ICE detainees, consisting of both personal detention centers and public prisons, to fulfill nationwide requirements for detention conditions– empowering state district attorneys to hold detention center operators liable for bad conditions inside their centers.

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