Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Division of Immigration Health Services

June 20 2007

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit against the three US government agencies for allegedly drugging deported immigrants with sedatives. The lawsuit was filed against the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Division of Immigration Health Services.

One plaintiff was being deported back to Indonesia from Los Angels when immigration agents injected him with the sedative, antipsychotic drug Haldol. Another plaintiff was being deported to the Republic of Senegal when medical escorts wrestled him to the floor of the airplane and injected him with the sedative. Both men are free in the US while their immigration cases are on appeal.

A spokeswoman for ICE noted that decisions about immigrants' medical care are made by the US Public Health Service, which "does not involuntarily pre-medicate or sedate a detainee solely to facilitate removal efforts, unless authorized by a judge's removal order."

If you feel you should be included in this pending class action lawsuit, please contact the [American Civil Liberties Union]

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