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  • 16-Year-Old's Death After Coerced Meth Ingestion Underscores Violence of Immigration System

    By Natascha Uhlmann, Truthout | Op-Ed

    ICE has a long and sordid history of abusing migrants in detention. Under ICE's jurisdiction, migrants face sexual assault, torture and even death. (Photo: Todd Heisler / The New York Times) ICE has a long and sordid history of abusing migrants in detention. Under ICE's jurisdiction, migrants face sexual assault, torture and even death. (Photo: Todd Heisler / The New York Times)

    ICE agents coerced 16-year-old Cruz Marcelino Velázquez Acevedo into drinking the amber-colored liquid he was carrying, which caused him to succumb to violent convulsions and die. Migrants frequently face torture and sexual assault under ICE jurisdiction -- sometimes resulting in death -- but only one out of 142 complaints has resulted in (less-than-adequate) disciplinary action against an agent.

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