A transgender woman who was in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for nine days died of untreated dehydration. Her symptoms apparently were ignored until she was “emergently hospitalized.”
Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez, a Honduran woman fleeing gang violence and gang rape was seeking asylum in the U.S. She was 33 years old. She was held at a privately operated detention center, and “was likely physically abused there,” according to the autopsy report released Monday, The Daily Beast reports.
The private prison facility at the Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico is operated by CoreCivic, the second-largest private prison company in the U.S. CoreCivic, co-founded by a former GOP chairman, operates more than 65 facilities and has come under fire for poor staffing and extensive lobbying efforts.
“There she developed severe diarrhea and vomiting over the course of several days,” the autopsy states, “and finally was emergently hospitalized, then transported to Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she remained critically ill until her death.”
“According to observations of other detainees who were with Ms. Hernández Rodriguez, the diarrhea and vomiting episodes persisted over multiple days with no medical evaluation or treatment, until she was gravely ill,” forensic pathologist Kris Sperry wrote.
The autopsy “also found evidence of physical abuse, with ‘deep bruising’ on her hands and abdomen, evidence of blunt-force trauma ‘indicative of blows, and/or kicks, and possible strikes with blunt object.’ An accompanying diagram illustrated long, thin bruises along Hernández Rodriguez’s back and sides, as well as extensive hemorrhaging on Hernández Rodriguez’s right and left wrists, which Dr. Sperry found were ‘typical of handcuff injuries.'”
Hernández Rodriguez had told Buzzfeed, months before her death, “she was walking home when MS-13 gang members started screaming ‘We don’t want you in this neighborhood, you fucking faggot’ at her before gang-raping her.”
“Four of them raped me and as a result I got HIV,” Hernandez told BuzzFeed News. “Trans people in my neighborhood are killed and chopped into pieces, then dumped inside potato bags.”
In June the Center for American Progress reported CoreCivic had donated $250,000 to President Trump’s inauguration.
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Harvard Freshman Deported After Immigration Searched His Phone and Found Anti-US posts by His Friends
Immigration Officer ‘Started Screaming at Me’ Student Says
A 17-year old incoming Harvard University freshman was deported eight hours after arriving at Boston’s Logan International Airport following a roughly five-hour interrogation by an immigration official. According to the Harvard Crimson, Ismail B. Ajjawi had his computer and phone taken and searched by U.S. authorities who “continued to question him about his religion and religious practices in Lebanon” after other students were allowed to leave.
“When I asked every time to have my phone back so I could tell [my friends] about the situation, the officer refused and told me to sit back in [my] position and not move at all,” Ajjawi wrote. “After the 5 hours ended, [the immigration officer] called me into a room , and she started screaming at me. She said that she found people posting political points of view that oppose the US on my friend[s] list.”
Ajjawi says he told U.S. authorities he had not made any anti-American postings, nor had he even shared or commented on the posts by his friends, and should not be held responsible for their views.
Authorities were unswayed.
His visa was canceled and he was forced to return to Tyre, Lebanon, just hours after arriving.
Making matters worse is U. S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson Michael S. McCarthy, who told the Crimson that the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol deemed Ajjaw “inadmissible.”
While CBP would not discuss any specific case, McCarthy offered this statement:
“Applicants must demonstrate they are admissible into the U.S. by overcoming ALL grounds of inadmissibility including health-related grounds, criminality, security reasons, public charge, labor certification, illegal entrants and immigration violations, documentation requirements, and miscellaneous grounds,” McCarthy wrote. “This individual was deemed inadmissible to the United States based on information discovered during the CBP inspection.”
Based on Ajjawi’s words, CBP appears to be allowing “miscellaneous grounds” to give them cover to boot out the Palestinian student.
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US State Dept. Official Is a White Nationalist Activist and Wants ‘A Country of Our Own With Nukes’: Report
A current U.S. State Dept. official is a self-avowed white nationalist and wants a nuclear-armed country just for white people, according to a just-released report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“The official, Matthew Q. Gebert, works as a foreign affairs officer assigned to the Bureau of Energy Resources, a State Department spokesperson told Hatewatch. Online,” the SPLC’s news outlet, “and in private correspondences with other white nationalists, Gebert uses ‘Coach Finstock’ as a pseudonym. Through that alias, he expressed a desire to build a country for whites only.”
White people “need a country of our own with nukes, and we will retake this thing lickety split,” “Coach Finstock” said in a a white nationalist podcast called “The Fatherland.”
“That’s all that we need. We need a country founded for white people with a nuclear deterrent. And you watch how the world trembles.”
“There are bigger things than a career and a paycheck, and I don’t want to lose mine,” Gebert said as “Coach Finstock” on an episode of “The Fatherland” recorded in August 2017, referring to his commitment to white nationalism. “I am prepared to lose mine. Because this is the most important thing to me in my life … in tandem with my family, of course.”
The SPLC’s online report is nearly 6000 words long and offers many more chilling details. You can read it here.
Trump Separated ‘Thousands’ More Migrant Families and Children Than It Previously Revealed: Federal Audit
A federal audit reveals the Trump administration separated thousands more families and children than it has previously acknowledged.
“More children over a longer period of time” were separated at the border than previously revealed, a DHS Inspector General investigator told reporters Thursday, Politico reports. “How many more children were separated is unknown, by us and HHS.”
The report finds that the Trump administration began separating children from their parents and from their own siblings in 2017, before the “zero-tolerance” policy, started under then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was publicly announced in 2018. Those separations were made as a “trial balloon.”
The report states that the “total number of children separated from a parent or guardian by immigration authorities is unknown,” and “HHS has thus far identified 2,737 children in its care at that time who were separated from their parents. However, thousands of children may have been separated during an influx that began in 2017, before the accounting required by the Court, and HHS has faced challenges in identifying separated children.”
In June of 2018 a court ordered the Dept. of Health and Human Services to reunite about 2500 children with their families, but that number did not include the 2017 separations.
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