Family of Ontario man who died of COVID-19 in U.S. custody are angry with Canadian Embassy

Posted In: News Date:Aug 9th, 2020

The family of an Ontario man who died from COVID-19 while in U.S. custody awaiting deportation to Canada is blaming the Canadian Embassy for not doing enough to bring him home.

"They did not do their job. They did not protect my uncle, who was a free Canadian citizen," said Jessica Marostega, the man's niece.

Her uncle, James Hill, died this week after contracting COVID-19 while at a detention facility run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He was scheduled to fly to Toronto on July 9 after being held at the facility in Farmville, Va., since April. A judge ordered his deportation in May.

But his departure for Canada was delayed due to "medical reasons."

"My cousin got an email from the Canadian Embassy saying that his travel had been postponed due to medical reasons, and that's all they would tell us at that time," Marostega said. It was later confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19.


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