The Trump administration has been sued by immigration activists over detention center conditions.
“Squad” member Ocasio-Cortez famously called border detention centers “concentration camps.”
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 13, 2019
Trump countered after a series of tours for lawmakers that the centers were “clean but crowded.”
Friday’s tour showed vividly, to politicians and the media, how well run and clean the children’s detention centers are. Great reviews! Failing @nytimes story was FAKE! The adult single men areas were clean but crowded – also loaded up with a big percentage of criminals……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
Immigration advocates filed a sweeping, first-of-its kind class action lawsuit in federal court against the Trump administration on Monday, claiming official policies and lack of oversight related to the border and immigration crisis have led to major lapses in medical and mental health care in nearly 160 detention facilities across the country.
Detainees with medical and mental health conditions and those with disabilities face settings so brutal, including delays and denials of medical care, overuse of solitary confinement and lack of disability accommodations, they have led to permanent harm and 24 deaths in the last two years, according to a portion of the 200-page complaint shared with POLITICO.
One plaintiff with a brain parasite has received no treatment for over a year. Another has not received surgery for a torn rotator cuff during three years in detention. One lost vision in his left eye due to lack of timely care in custody, the suit said.
Other suits have been filed on behalf of individuals in immigration detention and against conditions at specific facilities. But Monday’s lawsuit, filed in U.S District Court for the Central District of California, is one of the first arguing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is deliberately and systematically denying care to about 55,000 migrants in custody at county jails and at both privately and publicly run detention centers.
“We’re hoping that this lawsuit will shine attention on the severity of the problem across the country,” said Elissa Johnson, senior supervising attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the lawyers filing the suit. “The issues are so pervasive.”
ICE would not comment on pending litigation and said it couldn’t provide a timely response to a list of questions about detainee health care sent Friday morning.
“However, lack of comment should not be construed as agreement with or stipulation to any of the allegations,” said Shawn Neudauer, public affairs officer at ICE. “Our trained law enforcement professionals adhere to the Department’s mission and values, and uphold our laws while continuing to provide the nation with safety and security.”
This article was written by the staff of TheConservativeOpinion.com