Immigrant Worker Injured in New Orleans Hotel Collapse Arrested by ICE

HeadlineOct 24, 2019

In Louisiana, relatives of construction workers who were killed when the half-built Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans collapsed earlier this month are suing the companies behind the disaster. The families say the 18-story building was poorly designed and unsafely built by unlicensed contractors and non-union labor. Its collapse on October 12 left three workers dead and dozens injured. Meanwhile, an immigrant worker at the site who was injured after falling three stories was arrested by ICE agents just two days after narrowly surviving the disaster. Lawyers say Delmer Ramirez-Palma needs surgery but has yet to receive proper medical attention as he awaits deportation to Honduras in an ICE jail in Oakdale, Louisiana. Ramirez-Palma’s arrest came shortly after he described his injuries to a Spanish-language television station.

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