New York Times Publishes NYLPI Letter on Health In Immigration Detention

December 10, 2018

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The New York Times published a letter on health in immigration detention this morning, written by NYLPI’s Director of Health Justice, Laura F. Redman.

The link is here, and text of the letter is below.

To the Editor:

Re “America Didn’t Always Lock Up Immigrants,” by Ana Raquel Minian (Sunday Review, Dec. 2):

History demonstrates that detaining immigrants wasn’t always the country’s policy. The deplorable conditions in which immigrants in detention live show that there must be a better way.

In my three years at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest working with New York City residents confined to immigration detention in county jails, I’ve witnessed a growing human rights crisis.

Requests for better care are routinely ignored, delayed or denied, leading to appalling and otherwise preventable harm and even death.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the county jails deny people vital medical treatment; subject sick people in need of surgery to unconscionable delays; and ignore repeated requests for care from people with serious symptoms, including chronic conditions.

This is in a detention system intended only to ensure that people show up for their court dates.

People with serious illnesses are particularly vulnerable when confined to immigration detention facilities because they require consistent and comprehensive care to manage their health. Ending detention is not only possible, but it is also essential for health and humanity.

Laura F. Redman
New York
The writer is director of the Health Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

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