Thursday, August 09, 2007

Death by Negligence via ICE

And the drumbeat of death continues - at what point will we question as a society whether it is being done intentionally?
A 38-year-old woman detained last week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement died Tuesday while still in custody, officials confirmed Wednesday.

The woman's family claims she did not receive proper medical attention while being detained. ICE officials denied those claims.

Rosa Contreras Dominguez was detained Aug. 1 and was being held at the ICE detention center on Montana Avenue, said Dominguez's niece, Lizbeth Morales. Dominguez, who was seven weeks pregnant, had been complaining of pain in one of her legs since she was first detained, according to relatives.

Morales said that on Tuesday night, Dominguez was taken to Del Sol Medical Center after she lost consciousness at the detention center. Dominguez died a few hours after arriving. Results of Dominguez's complete autopsy report should be given to the family today, Morales said.

If a pregnant woman is not given basic medical care, how do you think an epileptic detainee would fare? This is what happened to another one of our brothers, courtesy of Kyle's intrepid blogging:
A Brazilian national, Edmar Alvez Araujo, died in federal custody after he couldn't get access to mediction for his epilepsy. According the Boston Globe, Araujo was apprehended on Tuesday by the Woonsocket Police Department after a traffic stop. He was transferred to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency due to an outstanding deportation order from 2002. ICE took custody of Araujo at 3 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the Rhode Island Hospital at 4:18 p.m.

Rhode Island Providence and El Paso - not exactly neighbor cities - yet the same type of negligence was offered by ICE. A reminder that this type of behavior is continually being rewarded by Congress with a plethora of funding.

Call your congresscritters and tell them that you abhor these human rights abuses by the network of ICE concentration camps. Here's an easy link to find their contact information.

[UPDATE] Via Kyle in the comments, here is the contact info for the Rhode Island AG - call and register your outrage regarding the handling of Mr. Araujo's situation.
Rhode Island AG's Patrick Lynch site
150 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 274-4400
Patrick Lynch ext. 2338
Wiki on him Pat...atrick_C._Lynch
Apparently he played pro basketball in Ireland(!!??!)

Only email I could fine was the press office

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