Saturday, April 1, 2017

Death in ICE custody: Mother, sister mourn

I mourn with Estela Gonzalez-Gadba and her mother.

Thank you to the Los Angeles Times and Andrea Castillo for reporting the death of this 32-year-old son:
"Omar Epifanio Gonzalez-Gadba left his home in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, last October without saying goodbye to his mother.
Five months later, on Tuesday, she got word that he had died from injuries sustained in a suicide attempt at a Southern California immigration detention center."

"He is the fifth detainee to die in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement this fiscal year," Castillo continues.

He was the first to die at the Adelanto Detention Facility near Victorville since December 2015, and the fourth since it was built.

His crime?  Trying to re-enter the US near the Otay Mesa border portal, which is near San Diego.

He had been deported to Nicaragua in April 2016, after three attempts to enter the US.  When he returned and crossed again near Otay Mesa on Dec. 29, 2016, he was arrested by border patrol agents.

He was taken to Adelanto, and then asked to be placed in administrative segregation, something that can be granted for medical reasons or for their safety, especially if they are victims of assault by other detainees.

He had no criminal history.

We are the criminals--we who allow our government to arrest and incarcerate people for months if they try to enter our country for a better life.

If you want to help, get involved with
Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC).

CIVIC Co-Executive Director Christina Fialho has called for an investigation into Osmar's death.

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