Over A Million Sign Petition To Protect Immigrants Against ICE Use Of Chemical Spray
And they're still spraying. Let's make it two million.
"The guards have started spraying this chemical everywhere, all over everything, all the time. It causes a terrible reaction on our skin. When I blow my nose, blood comes out. They are treating us like animals. One person fainted and was taken out, I don't know what happened to them. There is no fresh air."
As of June 9th, over one million people have signed a petition to stop ICE from spraying a chemical disinfectant that immigrants report is causing severe side effects.
On May 21st, two immigrant advocacy groups, the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice and Freedom for Immigrants, filed a joint complaint against ICE after receiving multiple calls a day from immigrant detainees, reports Newsweek.
"Everyone in our facility has been having bloody noses, burning eyes, headaches and our bones have been hurting," said a detainee. ICE has been spraying this chemical since May 11th.
For two weeks, ICE has sprayed this chemical 100 times a day at the Adelanto Detention Center outside Los Angeles.— ✡️ Never Again Action ✡️ (@NeverAgainActn) May 26, 2020
People inside are bleeding, their eyes are burning, and they can't get away for even a minute.
They're being poisoned. https://t.co/1ucso8XXZq pic.twitter.com/DKroElGJ1G
According to the complaint, California's Adelanto detention center, one of the largest in the nation, has been spraying a highly concentrated chemical throughout the facility, causing severe reactions among detainees, including blisters, rashes, bleeding, fainting, difficulty breathing, headaches, stomach pain, and nausea.
"Many of us are very allergic to the substance that they have been spraying. It causes rashes and there is one man with blisters … They spray it on the phones, chairs, tables, every 15-20 minutes - all day & all night long," said a detainee.
"The guards have started spraying this chemical everywhere, all over everything, all the time. It causes a terrible reaction on our skin. When I blow my nose, blood comes out. They are treating us like animals. One person fainted and was taken out, I don't know what happened to them. There is no fresh air," another yet another.
The immigrant detainees who called Freedom For Immigrants' emergency hotline identified the spray as HDQ Neutral.
"On the bottle, it says that it has 'Irreversible eye damage and skin burns. Avoid breathing. Do not get in eyes or on skin. Wear goggles and face shields. Wash thoroughly after using.'"
The security guidelines issued by Spartan Chemical, HDQ Neutral's manufacturer, stipulate that the disinfectant should only be used with protective gear "outdoors or in a well-ventilated area," warning that it is "harmful if inhaled" and "causes severe skin burns and serious eye damage."
"The facility is not protecting us from this spray. Our beds are right next to the door handles so when they spray it on the door handles it gets into our rooms and we breath the spray in. We have asked to be seen by the doctor but they have not stopped using the spray."
In response to the allegations, an ICE spokesperson said that the "disinfectant formulations used at Adelanto are compliant with detention standards, registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and used according to manufacture instruction for routine cleaning and maintenance of the facility."
ICE is, "committed to maintaining the highest facility standards of cleanliness and sanitation, safe work practices, and control of hazardous substances and equipment to ensure the environmental health and safety of detainees, staff, volunteers and contractors from injury and illness," lied, sorry, said the spokesperson