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Russian National Dies After Detention by US Immigration

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Expand Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.  © Nathalie Graham/The Stranger Over Thanksgiving weekend, another person who was in US immigration detention died. Amar Mergensana, a Russian national who had been detained at Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, was taken off life support on Saturday, according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE stated he had attempted suicide on November 15; the cause of death was brain injury due to asphyxiation. NWDC Resistencia, a local advocacy group, reported that Mergensana was an asylum seeker who had been on hunger…

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