Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Immigration detention centers fail government's own standards

LA Times blog

The federal government routinely failed to follow its own standards
regulating immigration detention centers across the country, denying detainees
sufficient recreation time and adequate access to attorneys, legal materials and
telephones, according to a new report issued today.

As a result of the widespread violations, hundreds of thousands of
detainees faced tremendous challenges in making their case to stay in the U.S.
and were frequently denied basic due process rights, according to the report.

“The findings in our report raise serious of doubts as to whether the
hundreds of thousands of immigrant detained each year get a fair shot at
justice,” said one of the authors, Karen Tumlin of the National Immigration Law

The report is based primarily on thousands of pages of reviews conducted by
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from 2001 to 2005, turned over by court
order in a legal case. The authors also studied reviews of detention centers by
the American Bar Assn. and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Read more of blog story: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/07/immigration-detention-centers-fail-governments-own-standards-.html

Read NILC's "A Broken System": www.nilc.org/immlawpolicy/arrestdet/A-Broken-System-2009-07.pdf

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