Over 40 immigrants have died in ICE custody since Trump took office—Part 3
Felicia Persaud | 6/25/2020, midnight
This week, we wrap up our focus on the immigrants who have died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (U.S. ICE) custody detention centers since Donald Trump took office. Here are those who died during 2017:
December 2, 2017
Kamyar Samimi, 64, entered ICE custody at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility on Nov. 17, 2017. ACDF personnel contacted emergency medical services when Samimi fell ill on Dec. 2, 2017. After EMS arrived, he became unresponsive and EMS began CPR and transported Samimi to University of Colorado Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, where he was pronounced dead by UCMC medical staff at 12:02 p.m. of cardiac arrest.
September 17, 2017
Felipe Almazan-Ruiz, 51, entered ICE custody in Miami on July 12, 2017. On Sept. 8, Almazan-Ruiz was transferred from the Glades County (Florida) Detention Center to the IAH Secure Adult Detention Center in Livingston, Texas, due to an evacuation from Hurricane Irma. On Sept. 12, Almazan-Ruiz was initially treated by medical staff at the IAH Secure Adult Detention Center and transported to the Livingston Memorial hospital emergency room for treatment of cirrhosis of the liver. He was later transferred and admitted to the Conroe Regional Medical Center because of the high volume activity and limited bed-space at the Livingston Memorial hospital. He died about 5:15 a.m. (CDT) on Sept. 17.
September 5, 2017
Osvadis Montesino-Cabrera, 37, a Cuban national, died at Larkin Community Hospital one week after he was found unresponsive in his hospital shower after a self-inflicted strangulation attempt.
June 10, 2017
Carlos Mejia-Bonilla, 44, a Salvadorian national in the custody of ICE, passed away from internal bleeding and hemorrhagic shock. On June 8, 2017, he was admitted to the Jersey City Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit due to gastrointestinal bleeding. On June 10, 2017, Mejia died due to complications resulting from his condition.
June 2, 2017
Vicente Caceres-Maradiaga, 46, a Honduran national in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, collapsed while playing soccer at the Adelanto Detention Facility in California. He passed away a short time later while in an ambulance as he was being transported to Victorville hospital.
May 17, 2017
Atulkumar Babubhai Patel, 58, an Indian national who was briefly in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Atlanta City Detention Center for two days, died at an Atlanta hospital. The preliminary cause of death has been ruled to be complications from congestive heart failure.
May 15, 2017
Jean Jimenez-Joseph, 27, a Panamanian national in the custody of ICE, died at the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia, after he was found unresponsive in his cell at the Stewart Detention Facility in Lumpkin, Georgia.
April 14, 2017
Sergio Alonso Lopez, 55, passed away at Victor Valley Global Medical Center in Victorville, California, due to internal bleeding.
March 28, 2017
Osmar Epifanio Gonzalez-Gadba, 32, a Nicaraguan national, passed away at Victor Valley Global Medical Center in Victorville, California, six days after he attempted to commit suicide.
March 14, 2017
Roger Rayson, 47, a Jamaican national in the custody of ICE, died at the Lafayette General Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana. The cause of death is believed to be cardiac arrest.
I’m sure the list will increase by the time 45 leaves office as these immigrants too feel the weight of his knee on their necks through his xenophobic policies.
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