Immigration officials at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego recently evacuated 118 women from their housing unit after they were sickened by chemical fumes. Several women reported having difficulties breathing and some became physically ill; however, no action was taken to evacuate the women until guards began coughing and showing other symptoms from the chemical fumes. Due to cold weather, however, the women were moved back inside after about an hour; the women’s housing unit was ruled safe after about two-and-a-half hours had passed. Immigration officials claim that no major medical incidents occurred, although medical staff was on hand to treat the women. According to witnesses, however, at least 20 women reportedly fainted and vomited, and they were offered only water and ibuprofen. Those who requested to see a doctor were told that they would have to wait until the following Monday. The housing unit contained nine pregnant women, four of whom were sickened by the fumes. CoreCivic, the private contractor that runs the facility, is investigating the incident, which stemmed from a floor-stripping agent that other detainees were using by the entrance of the women’s unit – at midnight. This incident is only the latest in a series of reports from detainees in immigration detention centers about the poor treatment and lack of medical care that they routinely receive. Conditions tend to be particularly bad with respect to pregnant women, who often need additional medical care. In recent years, pregnant women routinely have been paroled, or released from detention. Over the past year, however, that all has changed. Pregnant women now are routinely detained along with all other immigrants. Inevitably, this situation has led to a lack of medical care and miscarriages for the detained pregnant women. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we are dedicated to protecting the rights of noncitizens to receive adequate housing, food, and medical care while detained and working toward their release from detention, regardless of the type of deportation charges an individual may be facing. We know how to evaluate your case, explore your options, and provide you with the strongest defense against removal possible. Contact your California deportation defense attorneys today and set up an appointment to speak with our legal team.