Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Immigrant Detention Rules Rejected

Published: July 28, 2009
New York Times

The Obama administration has refused to make legally enforceable rules for immigration
detention, rejecting a federal court petition by former detainees and their
advocates and embracing a Bush-era inspection system that relies in part on
private contractors.

The decision, contained in a six-page letter received by the plaintiffs this
week, disappointed and angered immigration advocacy organizations around the
country. They pointed to a stream of newly available documents that underscore
the government’s failure to enforce minimum standards it set in 2000, including
those concerning detainees’ access to basic health care, telephones and lawyers,
even as the number of people detained has soared to more than 400,000 a year.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/29/nyregion/29detain.html

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