The SCOOP on Immigration Detention Centers

Posted: July 18, 2010 in Immigration in the United States
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Immigration detention – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In the United States, a similar practice began in the early 1980s with Haitians and Cubans detained at Guantanamo Bay, and other groups such as Chinese in jails and detention centres on the mainland. The practice was made mandatory by legislation passed in 1996 in response to the Oklahoma City bombing, and has come under criticism from organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, all of whom have released major studies of the subject, and the ACLU [13] About 31,000 non-citizens are held in immigration detention on any given day,[14] including children, in over 200 detention centres, jails, and prisons nationwide.

One of the most recent facilities to open is the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, which opened in 2006 specifically to house non-criminal families. There are other significant facilities in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Oakdale, Louisiana, Florence, Arizona, Miami, Florida, Seattle, York, Pennsylvania, Batavia, New York, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and all along the TexasMexico border.

About 104 [15] mostly young individuals have died in detention of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement or shortly afterwards during the five years between 2003 to 2008, and medical neglect may have contributed to 30 of those deaths.[16] On August 6, 2008, 34 year old New Yorker Hiu Lui Ng died in the detention of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.[17] The editors of The New York Times condemned the death and urged that the system must be fixed.[18] The Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stated that the number of deaths per capita in detention is dramatically lower for ICE detainees than for U.S. prison and jail populations, that they provide “the best possible healthcare” and that the nation as a whole is “experiencing severe shortages of qualified health professionals”[19] In May 2008 Congress began considering a bill to set new standards for immigrant detainee healthcare.[19]

Children are held in these detention facilities?  Well, that pretty much tells us how much compassion ICE has behind a major factor in our economy.

It comes as no surprise to me that there have been health related issues in these facilities.  Not even actual legalized American citizens can get proper health care… what makes us think that these people would be treated any better?  Is it not better to focus on education and implementing the 12,000,000+ illegal immigrants into our society, that which they are already contributing?  Would it not be better to stop spending money on these types of facilities, and focus on comprehensive programs that will empower people to speak and think freely in America?


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