Last week, the New York Times published an article about a vast government cover up of men and women who die in our nation's immigration jails. Since October of 2003, 107 immigrants have died while being held in jails by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union made a request under the Freedom of Information Act in which they received thousands of pages of documents which detail the lengths to which government officials went to try to keep the deaths under wraps. They uncovered damaging confidential reports, confidential memos and Blackberry memos which are very damaging. They have uncovered evidence that officials intentionally lied and did everything they could to cover up mistreatment of inmates. They even uncovered falsified medical logs. One case showed that an inmate who died had been given Motrin. Problem is that when the drug was supposedly given, the inmate had already died.
The Obama administration has vowed to overhaul the immigration system. However, critics complain that the system will not change as long as the immigration system has no oversight from outside agencies. The immigration officials will be in charge of policing themselves.
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