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While ICE tries to protect us from dangerous criminals, the media wrongly accuses agency of killing detainees

Conservative Review

We know the names of every illegal alien who dies of natural causes in federal custody. But the media ensure we don’t know the names of the thousands upon thousands of people who die at the hands of illegal aliens thanks to sanctuary cities.

It’s quite an arduous task for the media to defend the movement to abolish ICE, thereby retaining millions of other countries’ criminals in addition to our own. Therefore, they must resort to political debates focused on sob stories of aliens in exigent circumstances. After all, why discuss the two million criminal aliens fueling the drug and gang crisis, not to mention identity theft, when you can focus on illegal aliens dying in ICE custody?

The latest attack on ICE comes from USA Today’s Alan Gomez, who published an article yesterday titled, “Migrant in ICE custody removed from life support over family's objections.”

“An asylum-seeking migrant detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement was pulled off life support after his relatives said they requested that doctors continue the lifesaving measures,” began the report from USA Today. The detainee was being held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego.

It continues:

More than a month later, the man's body remains in the USA, his relatives said they have been given little information about his death, and his brother has twice been denied a visa to travel to the USA to identify the body and accompany it back home to Cameroon.

Nebane Abienwi, 37, a father of six who fled his embattled country this summer, died Oct. 1 after suffering a "medical emergency" while being detained at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in San Diego, according to ICE.

You can just conjure up images of ICE stormtroopers with satanic looks on their faces pulling the plug in the hospital room and then locking up the body for a month while engaging in demonic rituals.

In reality, ICE goes out of its way to provide free medical care for people who broke our laws, often over and beyond what Americans would receive. There are no referrals or waiting lines. ICE contracts with medical services and hospitals to provide the care on taxpayer dime to the tune of $260 million per year. In the case of Abienwi, he did not die in an ICE facility, rather in a local hospital, which is what one would expect. The best ICE can do is hand people off to the hospitals. There obviously is no guarantee a patient will always survive.

“The authority to make medical decisions lies with the hospital once a detainee is admitted,” said an ICE spokeswoman in a statement. “ICE works with the family to the extent possible to ensure they can participate in decisions, and hospitals also have their own policies on identifying and working with next-of-kin. According to PBNDS [Performance-Based National Detention Standards] 2011 Standard 4.7, part V.A ‘… the hospital’s internal rules and procedures concerning seriously ill, injured and dying patients shall apply to detainees. The Field Office Director or designee shall immediately notify (or make reasonable efforts to notify) the detainee’s next-of-kin of the medical condition and status, the detainee’s location, and the visiting hours and rules at that location, in a language or manner which they can understand. ICE in conjunction with the medical provider, shall provide family members and any others as much opportunity for visitation as possible, in keeping with the safety, security and good order of the facility.’”

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