• Access to Healthcare for Undocumented Immigrant Detainees in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention Centers (ICE)

      Wilkinson-Lee, Ada; Jauregui, Graciela Romo; Wilkinson-Lee, Ada; Rubio-Goldsmith, Raquel; O'Leary, Anna Ochoa (The University of Arizona., 2017)
      During the last decade, immigration operations have drastically increased in the United States. Between 2009 and 2015, the Obama administration deported a record high of 2.4 million unauthorized immigrants (Homeland Security, 2016). Due to the amplified number of migrants being deported, the number of individuals in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers has also increased. Consequently, this phenomenon has raised concerns regarding undocumented migrants’ access to medical services in these facilities. This research project was conducted in order to assess the quality of medical and health care services in ICE detention centers in the state of Arizona. It also examined whether the ICE operational manuals and detention standards on medical care were being followed and were consistent with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The findings indicated that ICE was not compliant with a major portion of their Performance-Based National Detention Standards on medical care and thus, were violating the basic human rights of undocumented immigrants in detention centers as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.