El Chapo Says Solitary Confinement Is Affecting His Mental And Physical Health

Notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman says his time at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center is affecting his physical and mental health. According to NBC News, Guzman’s defense attorneys have filed documents asking for El Chapo to be removed from solitary confinement.

El Chapo, who was extradited to the U.S. in January, faces several drug-related charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering. His trial date has not been set.

He usually spends 23 hours out of the day in solitary confinement. He is allowed to spend one hour (on weekdays) to exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike, reports the Washington Post. He does not have access to windows or natural light and the light in his cell is turn on 24 hours a day.

According to CNN, Guzman’s defense attorneys say the 59-year-old wants permission to visit his wife, Emma Coronel. But prosecutors believe El Chapo could use the visits to send messages to the Sinaloa Cartel.

Guzman’s defense attorneys argue the conditions El Chapo is living in have adversely affected his health. In court documents, they described El Chapo’s condition: “He has difficulty breathing and suffers from a sore throat and headaches. He has recently been experiencing auditory hallucinations, complaining of hearing music in his cell even when his radio is turned off.”

“We run a real risk of him going crazy,” said Michael Schneider, one of Guzman’s lawyers, to the Washington Post.

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Despite ICE Recently Detaining DACA Recipients, Secretary Of DHS John Kelly Claims He Has Their Back


Despite ICE Recently Detaining DACA Recipients, Secretary Of DHS John Kelly Claims He Has Their Back


It’s no secret that Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly sees himself as a defender of DACA members. Even after a recent wave of DACA recipients being detained by ICE, which seemed to contradict the “great heart” President Trump promised to show DACA recipients, Kelly was quick to defend the actions of the Department of Homeland Security.

According to Business Insider, Secretary Kelly recently had a contentious meeting with House Democrats and reportedly told them, “If you don’t like the law we are enforcing, and I don’t like many of them, please, please, please change the law.” Kelly said he was “best thing that happened to DACA,” adding, “I can guarantee you we’re not going after kids that are fully DACA qualified. Give me a break will you?”

In a separate interview, Secretary Kelly doubled down on his reassurances to DACA recipients, saying “the least of my worries, right now, anyone that falls under the general category of DACA.”

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Secretary Kelly reminded reporters that he has more pressing issues to deal with than DACA recipients, saying, “I have a lot of things on my plate, a lot of criminals to apprehend and deport that are here illegally.” Secretary Kelly then laid out his role in the whole deportation conversation, saying, “I don’t deport anyone. ICE doesn’t deport anyone. The law deports people.” Secretary Kelly again stated that the least of his “worries are undocumented, illegal aliens who are living lives.”

While Kelly’s words might sound like a kind of olive-branch to the immigrant community, the definition of “criminal” has broadened under the Trump administration, leaving many immigrants to avoid simple things like going to church, school, or even the doctor.

For now, the best thing every immigrant can do is be aware of their rights.

If You Have DACA Or Are Undocumented: Know Your Rights

Posted by We are mitú on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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