Under the Trump Administration, the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has made headlines for atrocities comparable to those committed by the Nazi SS.
The stories about small immigrant children getting locked in cages, forced to be separated from their parents, and being detained in squalid conditions are very real. There have even been numerous instances of ICE detainees dying in custody.
The images of these human tragedies have invoked traumatic emotions of despair, outrage, and anger. According to a CNN-affiliated news source, the most recent death of an ICE detainee occurred in Humble, Texas this past Sunday (June 30).
Yimi Alexis Balderramos-Torres, a Honduran national, was taken into ICE’s custody on June 6. Around two weeks after that, Balderramos-Torres, 30, was moved to the Houston Contract Detention Facility in Houston, Texas.
On June 30, Balderramos-Torres was found incapacitated in his cell block at the detention center. The Honduran man was taken to a hospital in nearby Humble, Texas where he was pronounced dead later that day.
Balderramos-Torres is the 11th person to die in ICE’s custody since September 2018.
Though the Trump Administration is the current face of public shame attached to this boogeyman bureau that ICE has become, America’s 44th president is the one who injected ICE with the growth hormone to flex its new and inhumane muscles.
According to a The Nation Magazine, the Obama Administration expanded ICE’s operating capacity by 3,600 percent. What started during the Clinton Administration as a small, barely funded band of bureaucrats became a monstrous deportation agency under Obama.
“When [President Obama] leaves office he will leave behind to [President Trump] the most sophisticated and well-funded human-expulsion machine in the history of the country, wrote Marisa Franco and Carlos Garcia, two columnists from The Nation Magazine.
Franco and Garcia also provide the facts and figures to back up their claims that Obama is the one who created the toy ICE monster that Trump has not hesitated to play with. Under the G.W. Bush Administration, ICE only existed in 14 counties in a handful of U.S. states.
By 2013, under President Obama, ICE was operating in all of the 3,181 counties within the borders of each U.S. state across America.
Read more astronomical data about ICE during the Obama era here.