By Roxana Kopetman | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: February 26, 2019 at 1:37 pm | UPDATED: February 26, 2019 at 7:04 pm Immigrants held in California detention centers often are moved far from their families, given inadequate access to medical care or lawyers, and kept in their cells up to 22 hours a day. Those were some of the findings in a 147-page report issued Tuesday by the California Attorney General, the first to be issued as part of a 2017 state law that calls for regular reporting on how immigrant detainees are treated in California. Though the report found conditions vary among the state’s detention centers – with some places described as providing decent food, for example, while others were cited for food-related health violations – a common theme is that detainees are treated like prisoners even as they await their day in court and are not in the facilities as a result of criminal convictions. The goal of the report – which … [Read more...] about Immigrant detainees treated like prisoners in California, Attorney General report says
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Vietnam’s economy set to thrive with new dynamics Vietnam reaped notable achievements in 2018, with economic growth hitting a record high of 7.08%, putting Vietnam on the list of Asia’s fastest-growing economies. New economic dynamics are expected to drive Vietnam forward in 2019 and help it achieve its 5-year plan targets by 2020. Vietnam risks lagging behind in the next decade if it can’t maintain its annual growth of more than 7%. In the government’s recent meeting, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Vietnam is determined to create more breakthroughs across all fields this year in order to fulfill the 5 year-plan and 10-year strategy. One of the government’s biggest challenges will be helping economic hubs like Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang revive their growth. Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Duy Khuong of Singapore’s Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy told VOV "It’s important for Vietnam to create a firmer foundation of international … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 15/2
By Michelle Conlin and Kristina Cooke NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Detained in a California lockup with hundreds of other immigrants seeking asylum, Duglas Cruz faced a choice. He could content himself with a jailhouse diet that he said left him perpetually hungry. Or he could labour in the prison's kitchen to earn money to buy extra food at the commissary. Cruz went to work. But his $1-a-day salary at the privately run Adelanto Detention Facility did not stretch far. A can of commissary tuna sold for $3.25 (2.50 pounds). That is more than four times the price at a Target store near the small desert town of Adelanto, about two hours northeast of Los Angeles. Cruz stuck with ramen noodles at 58 cents a package, double the Target price. A miniature deodorant stick, at $3.35 and more than three days' wages, was an impossible luxury, he said. "If I bought that there wouldn't be enough money for food," Cruz said. Tuna and deodorant would seem minor worries for detainees such as Cruz. … [Read more...] about $11 toothpaste: Immigrants pay big for basics at private ICE lock-ups
Editor’s Note: Ten days after this story about the death of Laura Levis was published on BostonGlobe.com, the leaders of Somerville hospital’s parent company, Cambridge Health Alliance, met with her husband, Peter DeMarco, at the Globe’s Boston office. DeMarco, who had talked about the story on NBC Nightly News and other outlets, had asked CHA nearly a month earlier to answer questions about his wife’s death. * * * SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: … [Read more...] about Laura Levis was left to die outside an ER. Why were the doors locked?
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: “I can’t get in.” 911 operator: “Let me get you into Somerville. You’re outside?” Laura: “Mm-hm.” 911 operator: “Are you in the parking lot?” Laura: “Yeah.” 911 operator: “Are you in a vehicle?” Laura: “No. I’m just outside it.” 911 operator: “At the door?” Laura: “Asthma. Asthma.” 911 operator: “Are you … [Read more...] about Laura Levis died outside a Boston-area ER. The doors were locked. Why?