via Michael Tan of the ACLU, reposted from their blog
Everyone knows that our immigration system is broken. But one of its worst features remains shrouded in secrecy: Our massive immigration lock-up system.
On any given day, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cages approximately 34,000 men, women, and children in jails across the country as it pursues their deportation, at a cost to taxpayers of two billion dollars a year. Scandalously, ICE often has no good reason to incarcerate these people at all. In far too many cases, immigrants are incarcerated even though they pose no danger to anyone, and don’t need to be detained to make sure they show up for court. And many of these immigrants—thousands of whom are long-term green card holders—are not actually deportable, as the government claims, but will ultimately win the right to stay in the country. Read more…
Listen to Maxi Sopo, an immigrant from Cameroon who is currently detained at Stewart Detention Center in Georgia, one of the 10 of the worst detention centers highlighted in DWN’s Expose and Close reports. Special thanks to Georgia Detention Watch for coordinating the interview. To participate in their action this week, see the information below. Read more…
Announcing the release of Detention Watch Network’s new report…
EXPOSE AND CLOSE: ONE YEAR LATER
The Absence of Accountability in Immigration Detention
While the debate over immigration reform rages in the halls of Congress, the moral and human rights crisis caused by the mas incarceration of immigrants has been largely ignored. In November of 2012, members of Detention Watch Network released the Expose and Close reports, highlighting the appalling conditions in ten of the worst immigration detention centers in the country. One year later, nothing has changed, and in some cases, conditions in detention have gotten worse. Expose and Close: One Year Later documents the current state of the immigration detention system which continues to be plagued by deaths and suicides, subpar medical and mental health care, inedible food, and arbitrary restrictions on visitation and access to legal resources.
via the National Immigrant Justice Center:
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) calls on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the overdue final regulations to implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), which could have prevented the rape last month of an immigrant man held in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in a Montana jail.
NIJC filed a civil rights complaint with the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties calling for an investigation into the claims of Audemio Orozco-Ramirez, a father of seven and long-time U.S. resident who says he was raped at Jefferson County Jail in Boulder, Montana. Read more…
Watch via @DemocracyNow: Dave Pierre on Surviving 1,144 Days Locked Up Inside the Failed U.S. Immigration System
New report “Tortured & Detained – Survivor Stories of U.S. Immigration Detention” via @cvt_staff, @TASSCintl & @UUSC
via Annie Sovcik, The Center for Victims of Torture,
Today, the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) in partnership with the Torture Abolition Survivor Support Coalition International (TASSC) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) released a report, “Tortured & Detained: Survivor Stories of U.S. Immigration Detention.” To view the report, please visit CVT’s website. To read an op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor by UUSC’s Executive Director, William Schultz, see “Give me your tired, your poor? Asylum-seekers in the US find shackles.”
A short summary of the major findings and recommendations is below.
As they flee for their lives, most survivors of torture carry the heavy weight of multiple and cumulative traumas in addition to the on-going traumatic experiences that can be associated with being a refugee. Receiving asylum in the United States can be a lifeline to safety and provide a path to healing. However, when asylum seekers arrive at a U.S. border or port of entry, they are frequently shocked at the treatment they endure upon reaching a perceived destination of safety and protection, as they are arrested, shackled, and confined. Read more…