It seems like the stories of inadequate healthcare for immigrant detainees never cease. Last week, there was a report of yet another immigrant death in Detention, this time in Colombus, Georgia.
Roberto Martinez Medina, a 39-year-old Mexican national being held on immigration violations passed away at the St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Georgia, of apparent natural causes. An autopsy will be performed.
ICE officials have notified Martinez’s next of kin and the Mexican consulate of his passing. In addition, consistent with ICE protocol, the appropriate state health and local law enforcement agencies have been notified.
For more on the neglect faced by immigrant detainees, check out RaceWire’s most recent analysis of Health in Detention. Here’s a brief synopsis:
Part of the problem is that the mission of ICE’s Division of Immigration Health Services isn’t really to ensure that all detainees receive the care they need, but rather, to keep people essentially well enough to be kicked out of the country before they die. (Though occasionally, the process gets a little mixed up.)
I think that pretty much sums it up. My heart goes out to the Martinez Medina family.