Mental health issues raised by immigration advocates

El Paso News

A Borderland immigration council says they plan to denounce what they are calling abusive practices from Immigration and Customs Officials (ICE.)

Members of the Texas Civil Rights Project, the Border Network for Human Rights, Hope Border Institute, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services, and Mexicanos en Exilio held a press conference on Friday morning to discuss several of these cases.

One of those cases involves Guadalupe Zuniga’s husband Ricardo Molinar.

Zuniga says she got a call from her husband last week telling her he was no longer being held in the U.S. and that he had been deported after attempting to kill himself and was referred to the El Paso Behavioral Health Hospital for treatment.

According to Molinar’s attorney Carlos Spector, a doctor there had issued a preliminary discharge criteria, which recommended Molinar be discharged after seven to ten days of treatment, but Spector says those recommendations were not followed and that within hours the director of ICE signed off on Molinar’s order of deportation.

Spector says Molinar’s case is not the only one and that a similar situation happened to Molinar’s cell-mate.

He says he is currently  working on having Molinar be put on parole and allowed back into the country under a stay of removal for a year.
 

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