74- Year-Old in ICE Custody Passes Away of Apparent Suicide as COVID-19 Spreads in Detainment Centers

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. —– A 74- year-old South Korean guy passed away of obvious suicide at a U.S. migration detention center after supporters stated they unsuccessfully sought his release, mentioning a high danger of his being contaminated with the coronavirus.

Choung Woong Ahn was discovered unresponsive in his cell Sunday at the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center in Bakersfield, California, and efforts to restore him were not successful, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stated in a declaration.

The initial cause of death was self-strangulation, however the company stated the case stays under examination.

Ahn, who had actually been held at Mesa Verde considering that Feb. 21, had diabetes, high blood pressure and heart-related problems, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, which determined him as Choung Won Ahn. ICE turned down pleas from a union of lawyers to launch him on bond.

ICE stated Ahn was legally confessed to the United States as a long-term homeowner in 1988 and founded guilty in 2013 in Alameda County, California, of tried murder with an improvement for utilizing a gun. He was sentenced to 10 years in state jail.

ICE stated it took custody of Ahn after his release from jail which a federal judge rejected an ask for bond recently while he remained in deportation procedures.

Young Ahn, the departed ’ s sibling, stated he was upset and mad.

“& ldquo; He did not should have to be treated in this manner,” & rdquo; he stated in a declaration launched by the ACLU. “ He & rsquo; s a person, however to them, he’& rsquo; s simply a number. There are other individuals in the very same circumstance. It shouldn’& rsquo; t be taking place once again.”& rdquo;

The Bakersfield center has actually had a typical everyday population of 334 considering that Oct. 1 and is handled by The Geo Group Inc. under agreement with ICE.

The company states 1,073 detainees have actually checked favorable for the infection out of 2,172 checked, without any favorable test results at the Bakersfield center. ICE had almost 28,000 individuals in its custody across the country since May 9.

The Department of Homeland Security ’ s internal guard dog has actually opened an across the country examination into whether ICE has actually reacted properly to the infection to safeguard personnel and detainees, according to a letter launched Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat.

Also Tuesday, ICE started flying Mexican deportees to Mexico City from San Diego in what authorities stated was an effort to lower the danger of coronavirus dispersing in Mexican border cities and in the U.S.

The Border Patrol stated in a declaration that travelers are clinically evaluated and needed to use masks throughout flight.

The Border Patrol stated the Mexican federal government selected Mexico City as the location for the flights coming from San Diego.