Detainee Basic Medical Bill
A recent report by the Washington Post identified 30 questionable deaths out of a total of 83 detainee deaths in Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency custody between March 2003 (when the agency was created) and March 2008. In response to this report and the recent death of Mr. Hiu Lui Ng, covered by the New York Times, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D. Cal) has introduced the Detainee Basic Medical Bill (HR 5950) in the House and Senator Menendez introduced the bill (S 3005) in the Senate. For those in need of a primer (or a refresher) as to how a bill becomes an act you might want to quickly consult this educational aid.
The bill requires “the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish procedures for the timely and effective delivery of medical and mental health care to all immigration detainees in custody, and for other purposes.” The House bill is currently being considered by the House Judiciary Committee. Here is the House Bill (HR 5905) proposed by Representative Lofgren and supported in the House by Representatives Abercrombie, Conyers, Cuellar, Farr, Grijalva, Jackson-Lee, Kilpatrick, McDermott, Meek, Nadler, Roybal-Allard, Sanchez, Sestak, Sires, Solis, Velazquez. Click on the names of any of these Representatives to contact them by email and ask them to ensure the passage of this bill and that, in the event that the bill is not passed in this session, that they support the reintroduction of this bill in the next Congress.
Here is the Senate Bill (S.3005) proposed by Senator Menendez and supported by Senators Akaka, Bingaman, Durbin, Kennedy, Kerry, and Lieberman. Click on the names of any of these Senators to contact them by email and ask them to ensure the passage of this bill and that, in the event that the bill is not passed in this session, that they support the reintroduction of this bill in the next Congress.