“It costs a fortune.” – Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) testimony on the potential impacts of The Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act
Minnesota Daily – A group of Latino medical students are consolidating their field expertise and humanitarian advocacy to campaign for better conditions in Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers.
Students in the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities’ chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association are advocating for a bill in Congress that would set a standard of care for immigrants in detention centers operated by Customs and Border Patrol. [The is a public institution with an annual budget of $3.8 billion.]
LMSA members believe the detention center conditions lie at the intersection of public health and humanitarian efforts.
The Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act would require CBP to provide adequate drinking water, food, hygiene products and other essentials to immigrants in detention centers.
The legislation would also require initial health screenings to identify individuals with acute health conditions or who require more immediate care or priority, like pregnant women, children and those with disabilities.
The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives in July and now awaits Senate action.
“When I visited the CBP detention facilities at our border, I saw dirty, inhumane conditions that threatened the health of infants, toddlers and pregnant women. Seven children have now died under the custody, and therefore the responsibility, of our federal government,” said Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., in a statement to the Minnesota Daily.
Students in LMSA showed their support for the bill with a rally on Sept. 4 … Read more.