LatinaLista — With all eyes and ears, morning, noon and night, fixed each day on the happenings of the presidential candidates and which demographic will vote for which candidate, it’s easy to miss the rest of the news.
Otherwise, we would have noticed that the Department of Homeland Security is trying to clean up its act â€” even if it is only to comply with court orders.
The first piece of news that slid just under the radar with hardly any coverage from mainstream media was the issue of ICE sedating deportees without a judge’s permission.
They admitted that they had taken the liberty to sedate 56 deportees with psychotropic drugs, even though the deportees had no history of mental illness. ICE justified administering the drugs because the deportees were “combative” when being deported.
An internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement memo obtained by The Associated Press said effective immediately, agents must get a court order before administering drugs “to facilitate an alien’s removal.”
“There are no exceptions to this policy,” said the memo written by John Torres, detention and removal director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
To get a sedation order from court, officials must show deportees have a history of physical resistance to being removed or are a danger to themselves.
The latest piece of news involving ICE is how the agency “quietly” a approved 37 new guidelines for addressing children detained at the T. Don Hutto facility and other family detention centers.
All in all, with advocates and immigration lawyers breathing down ICE to clean up how it treats the most vulnerable of the undocumented population, it was either comply or risk another trip to court â€” something DHS doesn’t want at this time since they’re already in court trying to take control of border residents’ lands to build a fence.