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U.S. Corporate Prisons Turning into Death Traps & Jeff Sessions Will Make it Worse

A major crisis is breaking out in America’s for-profit prisons and President Donald Trump is only making it worse.

Across America, there are privately owned, for-profit prisons and just last week, yet another immigrant detainee died while he was in federal custody. This is extremely concerning, especially considering the fact that Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are planning to increase the use of corporate prisons.

Ian Gordon – an editor at the left-leaning magazine Mother Jones – broke the latest details online this week (via Twitter):

This is a humanitarian failure by the United States government and any respectable president would make it a priority to fix it. Trump, of course, does nothing.

Think Progress reports:

A Honduran immigrant who was arrested last month by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents during an immigration raid, died this week after he collapsed while playing soccer.

Vicente Caceres-Maradiaga was pronounced dead at the Adelanto Detention Facility, a for-profit facility in California. Detention center staff were unable to revive him, according to an ICE press release. The preliminary cause of death is acute coronary syndrome. Caceres-Maradiaga had previously been diagnosed with hypertension and an umbilical hernia, two conditions for which he received treatment while in ICE custody.

ICE agents arrested Caceres-Maradiaga last month during a raid in North Hollywood, California.

“Records indicate that Mr. Caceres, who was never lawfully admitted to the U.S., has had two prior criminal convictions since 2011, one for DUI and one for fraud,” the ICE press release said. He is now the ninth immigrant detainee to die while in ICE custody in the 2017 fiscal year which began in October, and the third to die at Adelanto.

Trump is showing a terrible lack of leadership. He is a national shame.

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