The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency after the death this week of Yulio Castro-Garrido, a 33-year-old Cuban immigrant who was detained at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga.
“Castro-Garrido’s death is tragic, but unfortunately not shocking,” said Lisa Graybill, deputy legal director at the SPLC. “DHS has a long and shameful track record of failing to protect the basic rights and safety of people in its custody. It provides inadequate medical care, as well as unsanitary and unsafe living conditions. Immigrants often wait days or weeks for basic medical attention, if they get it at all. Castro-Garrido’s death may well have been preventable, and we are seeking answers for the sake of every immigrant.”
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Source: The Southern Poverty Law Center