2020-05-27 13:57:56

"Horrifying Neglect": COVID-19 Deaths in ICE Custody Spark New Calls for Mass Release of Prisoners

Calls are growing for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release people from detention during the pandemic, as two people have died from COVID-19 while in custody.

Democracy Now speaks with The Intercept's Ryan Devereaux, who reported on how Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, suffered horrifying neglect before he passed away.

DN is are also joined by Erika Andiola with RAICES Action. "None of those folks — especially people who migrated seeking asylum — they did not do anything to deserve a life sentence in a detention center," Andiola notes.

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