No justice

The Boston Globe has a series on detention of illegal immigrants (part 2 is here). Whatever you think about illegal immigrants, this type of thing should upset you:

If Bamenga had been accused of a crime, she would have been entitled to a public court hearing within hours of her arrest, giving her a chance to state her case and to plead for treatment of her congestive heart failure. But as a prisoner awaiting deportation inside the nation’s most secretive detention system, she had no right to a hearing or a court-appointed lawyer. Most important, she had no reliable access to the six medicines that she needed to stay alive.

People in this country are supposed to have inalieanable rights. It might not seem a big deal because these are illegal immigrants, but this type of attitude tends to expand. And if there is no accountability this type of thing happens:

For days, as Bamenga was transferred from one New York jail to another, she either got no medications or reduced doses, even though she told jailers she was struggling to breathe and had palpitations. She even filed a written request for medical help. Finally, on the 12th day of detention, her cellmates found her lying on her bunk, eyes wide open, not breathing — dead after receiving what the immigration system’s own investigators concluded was poor medical care.

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