Immigration Newsletter

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Detention Is No Holiday - NYTimes.com

Detention Is No Holiday - NYTimes.com
click the link to see more of the article by Edwidge Danticat

LAMAR SMITH, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is presiding over a hearing Wednesday on new guidelines for immigration detention that were issued last month and are now beginning to go into effect. The official (and facetious) title of the hearing is “Holiday on ICE,” in reference to the more humane treatment undocumented immigrants should now receive after being picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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The flippant title of the hearing shows a blatant disregard for the more than 110 people who have died in immigration custody since 2003. One of them was my uncle Joseph, an 81-year-old throat cancer survivor who spoke with an artificial voice box. He arrived in Miami in October 2004 after fleeing an uprising in Haiti. He had a valid passport and visa, but when he requested political asylum, he was arrested and taken to the Krome detention center in Miami. His medications for high blood pressure and an inflamed prostate were taken away, and when he fell ill during a hearing, a Krome nurse accused him of faking his illness. When he was finally transported, in leg chains, to the prison ward of a nearby hospital, it was already too late. He died the next day.


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Elected Officials like Lamar Smith do not even attempt to conceal their hatred of and disdain for human beings who are not like himself. Therefore, I won't bother to hide my contempt for Legislators of his ilk. Good reporting; I will remember the name Edwidge Danticat -- if I had a new wave band in the 80s that would have been strongly in the running for the name.