Published: January 27, 2009
He lived 42 of his 48 years in the United States, and had the words “Raised American” tattooed on his shoulder. But Guido R. Newbrough was born German, and he died in November as an immigration detainee of a Virginia jail, his heart devastated by an overwhelming bacterial infection.
Accounts of Mr. Newbrough’s last days echo other cases of deaths in
immigration custody, including one at the same jail in December 2006, which
prompted a review by immigration officials that found the medical unit so
lacking that they concluded, “Detainee health care is in jeopardy.”
and Customs Enforcement never released those findings, even when asked
about allegations of neglect in that death, of Abdoulai Sall, 50, a Guinea-born
mechanic with no criminal record whose kidneys failed over several weeks.
Instead, officials defended care in that case and other deaths as Congress and
the news media questioned medical practices in the patchwork of county jails,
private prisons and federal detention centers under contract to hold noncitizens
while the government tries to deport them.
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