Apparently we have to pass laws in order to ensure these facts are made public. Will the anti-illegal immigrant groups call, write, and fax their local representatives in an effort to keep this amendment from passing? These are humans after all. Sadly though, they only have to report “most of the deaths.”
I find it hard to believe, as is stated in this article, that many of these detainees have “chronic health problems.” The accusation that illegal immigrants bring disease into this country is something the anti-illegal immigrant groups like to assert. What I’d like to know is how such unhealthy people could possible survive the trek into this country?
Bill to require reporting of immigrant detainee deaths – Full story
Nov. 7, 2007, 7:08PM
© 2007 The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A measure endorsed by the House Judiciary Committee could end some of the secrecy on deaths of immigrants held in state- and local-run jails and detention centers, supporters said.
The amendment attached by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., on Wednesday to the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2007 requires state and local agencies to report most of the deaths to state attorneys general.
The New York Times reported in June on 62 immgrant detainee deaths that have occurred while in ICE custody since 1964. The newspaper reported no government body is in charge of keeping track of the deaths in immigration detention, county jails, privately run prisons and federal facilities.