So what? So what if unruly illegal immigrants are given a sedative to get them under control before shipping them back to their own country? The Washington Post has a hit piece on the subject. But if you truly search through the article, you will find the truth: deportees are allowed to be sedated only if they have a mental illness requiring the drugs, or if they are so aggressive that they imperil themselves or people around them.
If the government wants a detainee to be sedated, a deportation officer asks for permission for a medical escort from the aviation medicine branch of the Division of Immigration Health Services (DIHS), the agency responsible for medical care for people in immigration custody. A mental health official in aviation medicine is supposed to assess the detainee's medical records, although some deportees' records contain no evidence of that happening. If the sedatives are approved, a U.S. public health nurse is assigned as the medical escort and given prescriptions for the drugs.
After injecting the sedatives, the nurse travels with the deportee and immigration guards to their destination, usually giving more doses along the way.
I see nothing wrong with this procedure. However, our legal system is again being used against us by NON-citizens, some with violent and criminal backgrounds. According to the Washington Post, more than 250 cases (so The Washington Post says) have been identified in which the government has, without medical reason... (again according to the Washington Post's opinion). Shouldn't we leave the decision up to the medical people and ICE agents who actually handle the illegals?
One case is Yousif Nageib who was being deported to his native Sudan.
In requesting drugs for his deportation, an immigration officer had noted that Nageib, 40, had once fled to Canada to avoid an assault charge and had helped instigate a detainee uprising while in custody. But on the morning of his departure, the log says, he "is handcuffed and states he will do what we say." Still, he was injected in his right buttock with a three-drug cocktail. (continue reading)
I suppose the ICE agents should just take Mr. Nageib at his word??? I'm not saying that there are no instances when perhaps the drugs were not called for, anything is possible and there is always room for abuse no matter what the situation. I'm waiting for someone to call this 'torture'. Just wait for it ... We all know what these lawsuits are about, ... keeping the illegals in the US and giving them the rights of American citizens.