Man Detained At Georgia Immigrant Detention Center Dies
A man has died in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a Georgia immigration detention center.
Pedro Arriago-Santoya, 44, was originally apprehended by ICE in Appling County. The Mexican national had been held at the Stewart Immigration Detention Center in Lumpkin for a little over a week before before he complained of pain to medical personnel on July 20.
Arriago-Santoya was then taken to by ambulance to the hospital in nearby Cuthbert. He was transferred the following day to a larger hospital in Columbus after a diagnosis of gallbladder disease.
It was in the second hospital that Arriago-Santoya died after suffering pair of heart attacks and multiple organ failure.
Medical personnel at the Stewart Detention Center did not record any pre-existing conditions for Arriago-Santoya after his routine medical exam upon intake.
Arriago-Santoya’s death is the fourth at the Stewart Detention center in the last two years. According to mortality data provided by ICE, detainees are about 47 times more likely to die at the Stewart Detention Center than in ICE detention in general.
Put another way, deaths of Stewart detainees account for over 25% of ICE detention deaths. The population at Stewart is less than half of 1% of the entire ICE detainee population.
Stewart Detention Center is operated by the publicly traded CoreCivic company.