Adult men detained in a standing room only cell at U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station in June 2019 in McAllen, Texas. Photo: Office of Inspector General/Department of Homeland Security via Getty Images

Seventeen complaints of neglecting the medical needs of detained immigrants are detailed in a March 20 letter to top ICE leadership from Homeland Security's officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, BuzzFeed reports.

The impact: Four detainees' deaths, referenced in an internal memo from an agency whistleblower obtained by BuzzFeed News, are linked to allegations of inadequate medical treatment and unaddressed concerns over detained migrants' physical or mental health.

Details: The memo says the agency's inspector general received its first complaint in April 2018, which claims that detainees were subjected to "forcible medication injections as a means of behavior control" and "misdiagnosis of medical and mental health conditions," among other accusations.

  • One detainee allegedly required surgery after lacerating his own penis following deteriorating symptoms of psychosis — which were not treated by a psychiatrist, despite several requests for treatment from ICE health officials.
  • Medical staff allegedly failed to treat opioid, alcohol and benzodiazepines withdrawal in three different detainees. All detainees later required hospital care.
  • Medical care for a deceased detainee was described as "grossly negligent" in one complaint, and an ICE Health Service Corps' report on another deceased detainee was said to be "very misleading."

What they're saying: ICE health leadership "failed to take appropriate action" in response to 10 of the complaints after policy violations were made clear, the agency's civil liberties office writes.

Where it stands: The memo, dated May 2019, states that an investigation into the complaints will take place.

Go deeper: Detained migrants say they want to eat, shower, brush their teeth

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Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Photo: The Washington Post / Contributor

Former special counsel Robert Mueller responded to claims from President Trump and his allies that Roger Stone was a "victim" in the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, writing in a Washington Post op-ed published Saturday: "He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."

Why it matters: The rare public comments by Mueller come on the heels of President Trump's move to commute the sentence of his longtime associate, who was sentenced in February to 40 months in prison for crimes stemming from the Russia investigation. The controversial decision brought an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars.

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President Trump wore a face mask during his Saturday visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to AP.

Why it matters: This is the first known occasion the president has appeared publicly with a facial covering as recommended by health officials since the coronavirus pandemic began, AP writes.

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