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Nigerian Man Dies in ICE Custody in Maryland

HeadlineDec 24, 2019

In Maryland, a 56-year-old Nigerian man died in while in ICE custody — that’s the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency — on Saturday. ICE says Anthony Oluseye Akinyemi’s death is under investigation but that the cause appears to be death by suicide. On Monday, Democrats with the House Oversight and Reform Committee sent letters to immigration officials demanding documents related to the mounting number of deaths of migrants in the custody of U.S. immigration agencies. Hours later, hundreds of protesters rallied in Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Portland, Oregon, on the second night of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, to protest against migrant detention. The protests were organized by the Jewish group Never Again, which draws parallels between the Holocaust and the situation facing immigrants today.

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