In a CNN report seen by millions, two immigrants described their ordeals at the hands of U.S. agents who drugged them against their will during their attempted deportations. The ACLU/SC and the law firm of Munger, Tolles, and Olsen have asked a federal court to stop the practice of using powerful anti-psychotic drugs on people with no history of mental illness.
Amadou Diouf tells how he was wrestled to the ground on board a commercial airplane and injected with unknown drugs that left him unable to walk. Raymond Soeoth was held down and forcibly drugged with a powerful anti-psychotic. Neither man had a history of mental illness or posed a threat.
And in testimony to Congress, the head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) admitted the U.S. forcibly drugs immigrants much more often than was previously known. Over a seven-month period earlier this year, 33 people with no history of mental illness were given powerful drugs before their deportations.
"I am aware of, and deeply concerned about reports that past practices may not have conformed to ICE detention standards," immigration chief Julie Myers wrote to Sen. Joe Lieberman before her confirmation hearing in October.