Immigration detention deaths reach the highest total since 2009

January 12, 2018
Houston Chronicle

"The number of deaths in 2017 has alarmed immigration activists, who have long accused immigration officials and detention center operators of providing delayed or substandard medical care and ignoring complaints of illness.

'Simply put, detention and deportation are a deadly business,' said Bob Libal, executive director of Grassroots Leadership. Libal, whose group monitors civil rights conditions, said the 'high-profile failings of the detention system in Texas' make him worried about plans to further increase the number of detainees held at privately owned facilities here. A 1000-bed for-profit detention center is planned to open in 2018 in Conroe, already home to another detention facility."