“The Real Crisis At Hand” — Bronx-Based Doctor Responds To President On Immigration

January 10, 2019

Health Justice, Health in Immigration Detention, Immigrant Justice, News

Image shows child in immigration detention center, accompanying op-ed in Stat by NYLPI-affiliated physician

Update:  You can find out more about our “Conversation About The War On Immigrants” event with the New York State Health Foundation on January  24th, register here.

Original post: Chanelle Diaz, one of the physicians in NYLPI’s Public Interest Medical Provider Network, was featured by medical journalism site Stat, this morning, responding to President Trump about “The real border crisis: medical neglect of migrants in detention centers”:

In his Oval Office address on Tuesday, President Trump called the situation at the border a “growing humanitarian and security crisis.” His declaration failed to acknowledge the real crisis at hand — the medical neglect at border facilities and the more than 200 immigration jails across the country that has led to more than 20 deaths since 2010.

Among them were three children. Eight-year-old Felipe Alonso-Gomez and 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin died in Customs and Border Protection custody this past December. In May of 2018, 19-month-old Mariee Juarez died after being released from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility where she had been detained with her mother for three weeks. Their deaths could have been prevented with timely access to appropriate care.

As a physician who has evaluated adults held in immigration jails, I have witnessed conditions in detention facilities that are unsafe for adults and deadly for children. Advocates have called attention to overcrowding, insufficient food and water, and abusive conditions at border processing facilities. Across the country, immigration jails are plagued by human and civil rights abuses and dangerously subpar access to medical care.

You can read the whole op-ed here.

Our Medical Provider Network brings volunteer doctors into the immigration system. They review medical records from immigration detention centers and draft advocacy letters for release, bond, and better medical care. Dr. Diaz is featured in a short video about the network, here.

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