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OUTRAGE OF THE DAY: SECOND ICE DETAINEE DIES IN CUSTODY

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Shortly ago, I told of the death of a pregnant woman at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in El Paso, Texas. According to the Boston Globe, within hours of that incident a SECOND person died from a seizure while in custody in New England. Edmar Araujo, a 34 year old Brazilian national, was picked up on a deportation warrant in Rhode Island yesterday after being stopped for a traffic violation. Arauja is an epileptic and immediately called his sister to ask him to bring his medication, Gardenal, to police headquarters in Woonsocket, Rhode Island where he was being held awaiting transfer to an ICE detention facility. Law enforcement agencies like the one in Woonsocket have been signing agreements with ICE to act as "deputies" where they are now arresting people on immigration violations and turning them over to the immigration enforcement agency.



In this case, it appears that the law enforcement officials were warned of the urgent need for Araujo to get his medicine. His sister told reporters that she was turned away be officers who refused to accept the medicine:

"I told them he needed the medication, and I told them he had
seizure problems," Irene Araujo said yesterday. "He can't skip a day
without medication."



According to Irene Araujo's account,
authorities told her that if her brother had a medical condition, he
could inform them himself. She said that officers then ignored her
repeated pleas that it was urgent.



"They didn't give me a chance to show them or nothing," she said. "They didn't say anything."

Ms. Araujo was frightened enough to go to a neighboring police department in Milford to ask that department to relay her concerns to the Woonsocket police. That didn't happen.



As I noted in my post from earlier this afternoon about the pregnant woman who died, this is NOT unusual. And the article in the Boston Globe about this case noted this:

Shuya Ohno, of the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy
Coalition, said the death highlights the ongoing concerns of
immigrant-rights groups about the immigration agency's treatment of
detainees.



"This is a story we hear all the time. They don't let
people get their medication," he said. "What should be shocking news
isn't that shocking.

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  1. 's Avatar
    My heart is sinking. Guess the plan is to kill these people one by one.. At this rate, it may not take too long.. What is happening to America? This country will be such a sorry little place when all of us are gone, either by choice or by force and the sad thing is that it may actually happen in our lifetime.
  2. VG's Avatar
    How many more deaths is it going to take for people to realize that something needs to be done to this country's immigration system.
  3. Jun's Avatar
    I guess everyone must leave America and leave the place to its real owners - the native Indians.

  4. Amy's Avatar
    Thank you for posting this article. What happened was an outrage.
  5. Jun's Avatar
    The US is facing a recession in the near future...they are blaming everything to illegal immigrants...they should blame Bush instead for waging a useless war and spending US money to "rebuild" Iraq by awarding a contract to Dick Cheney's former company without any bidding...
  6. MD's Avatar
    It was a very tragic death. May God bless his soul and grant strength to this family.
  7. MD's Avatar
    It was a very tragic death. May God bless his soul and grant strength to this family.
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