Sunday, June 17th, 2018

Immigration Jail Is No Holiday

"The flippant title of the hearing ["Holiday on ICE"] 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.  My uncle’s