The Congressional Black Caucus will come to San Diego County Friday to visit the U.S.-Mexico border and discuss the treatment of African immigrants.
The CBC is coming to the border in response to the death of Cameroonian asylum seeker Nebane Abienwi in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody last month. He is the seventh adult to die in ICE custody this year.
Abienwi arrived at the border in September and was taken to the Otay Mesa Detention Center. While there, he suffered a brain hemorrhage and was transferred to the Sharp Health Medical Center in Chula Vista. Abienwi was taken off life support at the facility Oct. 1 at his family’s behest.
“Thousands of African and Caribbean immigrants who immigrate to the United States of America are treated as if they are invisible,” CBC Chairwoman Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles. “Many arrived in South America and then walked north, all to be dehumanized and mistreated at our southern border. We are heading to the border to hear what they have been through.”
Members of the CBC will hold a news conference around 12:30 p.m. after their visit to discuss their experiences. The event will be livestreamed on the caucus’ Facebook page.
— City News Service
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