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A Canadian immigrant died of COVID-19 in ICE custody this week.


On Wednesday, a 72-year-old Canadian immigrant held in a privately run detention center passed away from COVID-19 complications. James Hill, a doctor, was being deported after serving a 12-year sentence for writing opioid prescriptions without seeing patients. After being held in detention for three months, his flight to Canada was scheduled, but he was hospitalized for COVID-19 before he could make the flight. He was hospitalized for nearly a month before he passed away this Wednesday, August 5. Mr. Hill had told his family that while in ICE detention he was forced to sleep in a crowded dorm with 80 men. This follows from other complaints that both publicly and privately-run ICE detention centers have not followed CDC recommendations on how to handle COVID-19. Hill’s family said that he had served his sentence and did not deserve to die due to ICE’s “negligence.” The Farmville center currently has 290 confirmed COVID-19 cases

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