Hiu Lui “Jason” Ng was a New York computer engineer trying to get his green card when immigration officials arrested him last year, the New York Times reports. Last week he died of undiagnosed cancer after months of neglect in immigration detention centers. Ng complained of chronic back pain, and eventually became too weak to walk or stand, but officials refused to give him a wheelchair or medical examination, his lawyers say.
On July 30, lawyers say, officials dragged Ng from bed, carried him in shackles to a car, and drove him two hours to another jail, where he was urged to accept deportation. “For this desperately sick, vulnerable person, this was torture,” one lawyer said. Ng’s case is one of several calling Homeland Security's detention system into question, and the House is considering reform legislation.