Since 2003, at least 103 detainees have died in facilities run by, or on contract to, ICE. The New York Times and the ACLU have now used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain some of the department’s internal records, which show – unsurprisingly – much more interest in covering up wrongdoing than in preventing needless deaths. Â According to the Times report, officials deliberately lied to reporters to help with the cover-up. If Nina Dozoretz really can’t recall participating in discussions during 2007 about a man whose skull was fractured in detention and who subsequently died, perhaps she needs some rest, and ICE needs someone else to fix the detainee health-care problem. Â The heads of the lying spokegeeks should roll, too. Â In any case, it’s clear that ICE can’t be trusted on this, and needs a strong external monitor.
Letting ICE monitor its own detention facilities turned out to be a bad idea. Some heads should roll.