Border Angels has learned that Oscar Lopez Acosta, a migrant father and loving husband from Honduras, has died one week after his release from ICE custody at the Morrow County Correctional Facility in Ohio. The individuals at this detention center face life threatening conditions, as 50 of the 79 ICE Detainees have tested positive for COVID-19. Oscar was released due to being high-risk for being diabetic. Unfortunately, the release came much too late after being held in detention for 18 months at this facility for a minor car crash with absolutely no criminal history.
This COVID related death is further evidence of ICE's inhumane treatment of immigrants in its care and custody. It's a universal principal that government sanctioned institutions have a legal and moral duty to protect the lives and of all persons in their custody. But time and time again ICE refuses to honor it's legal and moral duties to those it detains.
The grotesque truth is that this death, like others, was 100% preventable. ICE has an abundance of alternatives to keeping immigrants in detention. Please do not remain silent while these injustices happen, we want our people #FreeAndAlive! Oscar Lopez Acosta, may he Rest In Peace