Silver Spring, MD, USA
- 2008, U. S. Government Printing Office
- Paperback, Very Good
- Edition: Presumed First Edition, First printing
- Publisher: U. S. Government Printing Office
- Published: 2008
- Language: English
- Alibris ID: 14182222364
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- Very good. iv, 222,  pages. Illustrations. Footnotes. In the Chairman's opening remarks he stated, in part, "I would like to welcome the Subcommittee Members, our witnesses, and members of the public to the Subcommittee's hearing on problems with immigration detainee medical care. This Committee held a hearing on this subject on October 4, exactly 8 months ago. At that hearing we examined serious concerns with the provision of medical care at immigration detention facilities across the country. News reports of deaths and the deficient care that may have led to those deaths triggered that hearing. Unfortunately, here we are again. As was the case 8 months ago, a string of recent news reports has severely shaken our confidence in the health care system used by ICE. The reports recount story after story of detainees who received inadequate care or no care at all, and they speak of suffering and death. But this time those stories are not just reports; The Washington Post and 60 Minutes support those stories with internal Government documents and what appear to be many interviews with Government whistleblowers who have uncovered severe problems and desperately want to see them fixed. Some of the witnesses today will deny that these problems exist, but I believe these claims are belied by Government officials who have reached out to the press and to us and by the documents that support their claims. The efforts of those whistleblowers tell me something, that there are people within our Government who really care about the medical and mental health care provided at ICE facilities. But their stories and documents also say something else: That their pleas and warnings have gone largely unheeded for far too long. Documents tell us that employees widely complained of severe staffing shortages of medical personnel. ICE tells us they are addressing these shortages now, but the documents indicate they ignored these warnings for years, failing to adequately address these shortages even as they ramped up enforcement and brought detention beds on line.
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