Life is cheap in Trump’s America

At least 17 people have died while in custody of immigration officials during the Trump administration, which has shown little regard for human rights of refugees, asylum seekers and other desperate people seeking a new life in America.

Huy Chi Tran, 47, a Vietnamese national, was transferred to ICE custody on May 25, 2018, and transferred to the Eloy Detention Center on May 28, 2018, pending removal to Vietnam. Mr. Tran was found unresponsive on June 5, 2018, and local paramedics transported him to the Banner Casa Grande Medical Center. He was declared deceased on June 12, 2018; an autopsy is pending to determine the official cause of death.

Zeresenay Ermias Testfatsion, 34, a Eritrean national in transit to his home country, was being held by Egyptian authorities as he awaited removal to Asmara, Eritrea. Egyptian authorities notified ICE that they found him deceased in a shower area June 8, 2018. Egyptian officials later transported the remains to Heliopolis Hospital.

Roxana Hernandez, 33, a Honduran woman, entered ICE custody on May 13 in San Diego. Two days later, ERO San Diego transferred her to ERO El Paso, and on May 16 Hernandez arrived at the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico, where she was housed in the transgender unit. Medical staff pronounced her deceased May 25, 2018 at 3:32 a.m. (MDT), and identified the preliminary cause of death as cardiac arrest. On May 9, 2018, Hernandez was processed as an expedited removal when she applied for admission at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in California. Advocacy groups identified the deceased’s first name as Roxana.

Ronald Cruz, a 39-year-old Honduran national, died May 16, 2018, at the Valley Baptist Medical Center. Mr. Cruz was arrested on May 9, 2018, for unauthorized entry into the United States and transferred to ICE’s Port Isabel Detention Center (PIDC) on May 14, 2018. He was transferred to Valley Baptist Medical Center’s intensive care unit on May 16, 2018, where medical staff pronounced him deceased later that day. The preliminary cause of death was identified as cardiac arrest.

Gourgen Mirimanian, 54, an Armenian national, died April 10, 2018, at the Texas Health Huguley Hospital. He entered ICE custody at the Prairieland Detention Center (PDC) in Alvarado, Texas, on February 6, 2018. On December 12, 2017, ICE deportation officers encountered Mr. Mirimanian at a Bureau of Prisons facility in Fort Worth, and lodged an immigration detainer on him. On February 6, 2018, the Bureau of Prisons released Mirimanian to ICE custody.

Luis Ramirez-Marcano, 59, a Cuban national, was transported February 17, to KRMC when ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) medical personnel at the Krome Detention Center determined he should be taken to an emergency room for treatment after complaints of abdominal pain. He died the afternoon of February 19, 2018. Ramirez-Marcano had been in ICE custody since January 12 pending his removal to Cuba.

Yulio Castro-Garrido, 33, a Cuban national in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) died Tuesday January 31, 2018, at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Yulio Castro-Garrido, 33, was transported Jan. 7 to Southwest Regional Medical Center (SWRMC) in Cuthbert, Ga. after ICE Health Service Corps (ISHC) medical personnel at the Stewart Detention Center (SDC) in Lumpkin, Ga. diagnosed him with pneumonia. Mr. Castro entered ICE custody on Nov. 24, following his transfer from the D. Ray James Federal Correctional Institute in Folkston, Ga. Castro was convicted Dec 8, 2016 of conspiracy to transport and move an undocumented alien within the United States by means of transportation and sentenced to a year and one day of confinement and three years of supervised probation. An immigration judge with the Executive Office for Immigration Review ordered Castro to be removed to Cuba Jan. 4; Mr. Castro waived his right to appeal.

Kamyar Samimi, 64, entered ICE custody at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility (ACDF) on November 17, 2017. ACDF personnel contacted emergency medical services (EMS) when Samimi fell ill on December 2, 2017. After EMS arrived, he became unresponsive and EMS began CPR and transported Samimi to University of Colorado Medical Center (UCMC) in Aurora, Colorado, where he was pronounced dead by UCMC medical staff at 12:02 pm, December 3, 2017 with the preliminary cause of death being cardiac arrest.

Felipe Almazan-Ruiz, 51, entered ICE custody in Miami, Florida, on July 12, 2017. On September 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 September 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 September 17.

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. Mr. Montesino-Cabrera is the 11th detainee to pass away in ICE custody in FY2017.

Carlos Mejia-Bonilla, 44, a Salvadorian national in the custody of ICE died 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, Mr. Mejia died due to complications resulting from his condition.

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 died away a short time later June 2, 2017, while in an ambulance as he was being transported to Victorville hospital.

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 Tuesday afternoon May 16, 2017, at an Atlanta hospital. The preliminary cause of death has been ruled to be complications from congestive heart failure.

Jean Jimenez-Joseph, 27, a Panamanian national in the custody of ICE died Monday May 15, 2017, at the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, GA, he was found unresponsive in his cell at the Stewart Detention Facility in Lumpkin, GA.

Sergio Alonso Lopez, 55, died April 14, 2017 at Victor Valley Global Medical Center in Victorville, CA, due to internal bleeding.

Osmar Epifanio Gonzalez-Gadba, 32, a Nicaraguan national, died March 28, 2017 at Victor Valley Global Medical Center in Victorville, CA, six days after he attempted to commit suicide.

Roger Rayson, 47, a Jamaican national in the custody of ICE died Monday March 14, 2017 at Lafayette General Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana.


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