(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 5/29/08) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) yesterday joined Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI) and several advocacy organizations at a press conference in Detroit, Mich., calling for medical and mental health care for detained immigrants.
Rep. Kilpatrick (D-MI), leader of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), has co-sponsored House Resolution 5950 – Detainee Basic Medical Care Act of 2008, a bill that would require “the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish procedures for the timely and effective delivery of medical and mental health care to all immigration detainees in custody.”
In recent years, several immigrants have died in the custody of Homeland Security due to lack of medical attention.
SEE: Few Details on Immigrants Who Died in Custody (New York Times)
Representatives of CAIR-MI, Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES), Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, Freedom House, La Sed, and the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee – Michigan (ADC-MI) participated in the news conference, expressing support for HR 5950.
“Immigrants under the custody of the US government should be afforded the same rights and dignity as prisoners of war under the Geneva Convention,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, who spoke at the news conference. “We fully support measures that seek to provide access to general health for all under the custody of our government, irrespective of their immigration status.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, Tel: 248-559-2247, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org