Organizations denounce vaccine overdose to immigrant children in detention center
Medical personnel at a family detention center in Dilley, Texas, gave adult-strength Hepatitis A vaccinations to approximately 250 children, according to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council.
The organizations denounced that other detention centers in Berks, Pennsylvania; Karnes, Texas, and Artesia, New Mexico have had disturbing patterns of inadequate health care for the women and children. They added that the recent vaccine overdose to detained children is another sign that family detention must end.
“This latest permutation is beyond appalling. It is putting children at risk not just for short-term reactions but for unknown long-term risks,” said Crystal Williams, executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
“This latest healthcare failure at Dilley is one of many indicators that family detention is just not workable,” added Ben Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Council.
The Obama administration recently acknowledged the need for ‘"substantial changes" to their practice of detaining families.
“This needs to happen now, before any further damage is done to their physical and mental health,” Johnson added.