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Deaths in Immigration Detention Went Unreported

by Mahwish Khan on 08/18/2009 at 2:15pm

Yet another reason many advocates are outraged with the current immigration enforcement system.

Today, the New York Times reports that one in every ten immigration detainee deaths goes unreported on the ICE “death roster,” with the grisly death total now at 104 – a significant increase from the 90 that were reported to Congress in the Spring.

An investigation into the undisclosed detainee death situation was launched by the A.C.L.U after news of immigrant detainee, Tanveer Ahmad, a Pakistani taxi driver from NY, died in the detention system – a death that, according to the New York Times article, was difficult to confirm and speaks largely of the poor treatment, if any treatment at all, that these innocent detainees are handed; in fact, a fellow detainee said that Ahmad’s symptoms of a heart attack “had gone untreated until too late.”

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