Immigration and Customs authorities confirmed Thursday that 10 inmates were quarantined in an Aurora immigration center for chickenpox, accused by immigration activists of medical negligence and procedural violations.
Spokesman for ICE and the GEO Group A private company, which was entrusted with the management of the facility, denied the allegations.
Immigration groups claim quarantine prevents inmates from speaking to their lawyers in person, visiting with their families and attending hearings. They also claim that ICE did not follow its medical records when it comes to caring for detainees.
"People in this detention center are generally neglected," said Ana Rodriguez, organizer of the Colorado People's Alliance. "The people there do not get the medical care they need."
Three prisoners were diagnosed with varicella, also called chickenpox, ICE said in a statement. In addition, seven others were quarantined because immunity was low, increasing the risk of viral infection. The 21
Pamela Resendiz, deputy director of United for a New Economy, said her organization had heard something different on both fronts, claiming that the entire squad of inmates was quarantined, which could push that figure much higher.
There are also disputes over whether the quarantine is still active. Resendiz sent Denver Post an e-mail from an organizer who visited the detention center and told them that the quarantine had been lifted on 21 October.
"There is a total lack of transparency here," said Resendiz. There must be accountability. "
ICE pushed charges of abuse of office on Thursday.
"The disrespectful media advice and press conference of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition are obvious attempts to misinform the public about serious imprisonment issues Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…27&Itemid=47 – Field Office Director Jeffrey Lynch said in a statement
The Geo Group also defended its treatment of quarantine.
"We strongly deny the groundless allegations regarding the handling of this quarantine and, more generally, the care in the quarantine Aurora Center, which has long been providing a high quality, culturally appealing service in a safe, secure and humane environment, "spokesman Pablo Paez said in a statement." Members of our team strive to treat all entrusted people with compassion, dignity and respect . "
At a rally on Thursday afternoon in downtown Denver, former prisoners Failing Medical Treatment at the Aurora Detention Center
Isidro Quintana spent five months in the detention center. He said that inmates reported to the guards for medical care, but were mostly ignored.
One day, Quintana said, he witnessed a man telling a guard he had a palpitation.
"The watchman's answer was:" You don look bad to me; you look really healthy, "Quintana said.
In another case, Quintana said a man had told guards he was suicidal and wanted to kill himself, the man was ignored, the next day, he said
"They have brought him to isolation," Quintana said, "We never knew what had happened to him."
The privately owned facility has been the subject of a thorough investigation in the past In December 2017, for example, a 64-year-old Iranian immigrant died of a heart attack while waiting for his removal 19659002] In June, the American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association filed a complaint requesting an investigation "extremely inadequate medical and mental health care" in the detention center.