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    SOB:Immigrant advocates blast medical care at detention fac

    Immigrant advocates blast medical care at detention facilities ... 54361.html


    Calling the medical care provided to detained migrants ''poor, and sometimes appalling,'' immigrant advocates Tuesday called on the U.S. government to halt the jailing of nondangerous migrants, to dramatically improve care to those who are jailed and to employ better oversight of medical care at all detention centers.

    Advocates with both the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center and Human Rights Watch released detailed reports Tuesday morning on the provision of medical care at U.S. migrant detention centers and more than 300 county jails that routinely incarcerate migrants whom the government wishes to deport.

    The Human Rights Watch report deals primarily with the plight of women in detention, who, the report says, often receive substandard care for pregnancies, breast cancer and even routine gynecological matters. Women often have trouble just getting sanitary napkins, advocates said.

    ''Unfortunately, oversight of [Customs and Immigration Enforcement] detentions conditions, including detainee medical care, is sorely lacking,'' said the FIAC report, titled Dying for Decent Care: Bad Medicine in Immigration Custody. ``In such an oversight vacuum, ICE tolerates a culture of cruelty and indifference to human suffering.

    ``Detainees routinely report being treated as criminals, being accused of faking illnesses and having painful symptoms ignored. They also face retaliation for demanding better medical treatment or complaining about the medical abuse of fellow detainees.''

    The need for reform, said FIAC director Cheryl Little, is especially acute as the number of migrants detained by the U.S. government has been growing in recent years. In 2007, 400,000 migrants were detained in U.S. centers or jails. The number is expected to reach 440,000 this year.

    The cost of such detentions, Little said, is expected to increase from $1.65 billion in 2008 to $1.72 billion this year.

    Marlene Jaggernauth, 43, who entered the U.S. 32 years ago as a lawful permanent resident from Trinidad, was arrested by ICE agents in 2003. Because of an old shoplifting charge, Little said, immigration agents labeled her an ''aggravated felon'' and jailed her. She was separated from four children, including 6-year-old twins and a 14- and 15-year-old.

    With the help of FIAC attorneys, Jaggernauth won her right to remain in the United States in 2007.

    Jaggernauth, who had a full-time job at Florida Atlantic University as an administrative assistant, said she witnessed deplorable conditions while detained, including an elderly German woman who appeared to suffer from paranoid schizophrenia.

    ''She was hearing voices,'' Jaggernauth said. ``Rather than help her, the guards joined in in making fun of her.''

    ''I saw a great deal of suffering, and it was very heartbreaking,'' Jaggernauth said. ``We felt truly helpless and frightened. Often our requests for care would be ignored.''
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    Get the H out of OUR country.

    I guess the illegals better not come here because they get so much better health care in Mexico and/or Latin America.
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    Oh geezzz. Somebody hand me a hanky. I think I'm gonna cry.

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    Good grief they have more excuses for shutting down the detention camp....stuff it, when you have thousands of people in facilites like these things happen! If they were not here they would not have this problem. It is always are fault never theirs
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    Detainees routinely report being treated as criminals, being accused of faking illnesses...
    Well they are criminals and fake being American citizens. It doesn't sound like too much of a stretch...

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