AMA urges feds to investigate detained immigrants’ health care complaints

The American Medical Association (AMA) has sent a letter to the heads of three federal agencies urging them to “thoroughly investigate complaints about detained immigrants’ substandard living conditions and improper health care, including allegations of inadequate informed consent practices.”

The letter – which was sent to administrators at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) – says that based on the recent reports the “current [ICE] contracted inspector is ill-equipped to conduct inspections in a manner that successfully identifies critical deficiencies” and “AMA asks the DHS and the OIG, rather than ICE’s contractor, to conduct a thorough inspection into the allegations of deficient medical care and improper living conditions at its facilities.”

And AMA “believes every individual, regardless of immigration status or national origin, deserves timely, accessible, quality health care.”

AMA letter to ICE/DHS/OIG