Tuesday, January 15, 2008

DHS to Stop Forced Drugging

The Department of Homeland Security is changing it's policy and will no longer forcibly drug immigrants, even in emergency situations, without first obtaining a court order. According to the AP "Immigration officials have acknowledged that 56 deportees were given psychotropic drugs during a seven-month period in 2006 and 2007 even though most had no history of mental problems."
The new rules come just days after settlement talks between the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Department of Homeland Security fell apart. The ACLU is suing the Department of Homeland Security in federal district court after federal officials forcibly drugged two immigrants held at a San Pedro detention center with mind-altering drugs while trying to deport them.


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