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Advocates Call for ICE to Free Persecuted Mexican Prisoner; Family of South Korean Man Demands Probe into Suicide

HeadlineAug 11, 2020

In immigration news, advocates are urging Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release a Mexican man imprisoned at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center in California and to remove him from a “deportation list.” Rights groups say ICE wants to deport José Tapete for speaking out against the facility’s squalid and abusive conditions, and neglectful practices amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including the agency’s use of harmful chemicals allegedly used to disinfect the facility. Tapete has been imprisoned at Adelanto for over two years and has schizophrenia. He has also participated in several hunger strikes.

Meanwhile, the family of a 74-year-old South Korean immigrant, Choung Won Ahn, who died by suicide in May, is demanding California investigate the privately run Mesa Verde Detention Facility, where he was locked up. The family says his death was preventable.

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