Twenty-four immigrants have died in ICE custody during the Trump administration, leading to an outcry from immigration advocates, NBC News reports 24 have died during the Trump administration, leading to an outcry from immigration advocates.
"What we're seeing is a reckless and unprecedented expansion of a system that is punitive, harmful, and costly," Women's Refugee Commission senior policy adviser Katharina Obser told NBC News. "The U.S. government is not even doing the bare minimum to ensure [immigrants] are getting the medical care and the mental healthcare they need."
The death toll does not include four who died shortly after being released by ICE, nor does it include deaths of migrants detained at the border, including five children, NBC News reported.
ICE was detaining more then 52,500 immigrations per day earlier this month, putting stress on the U.S. capacity to house and care for them, per the report.
ICE custody deaths remain "exceedingly rare," according to an ICE spokesperson to NBC News.
"[ICE] takes very seriously the health, safety, and welfare of those in our care, including those who come into ICE custody with prior medical conditions or who have never before received appropriate medical care," ICE's Danielle Bennett told NBC News in a statement. "Any death that happens in ICE custody is a cause for concern."
The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General issued a report this week detailing "egregious violations" at two detention centers that endangered health.
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