For many of the 34,000 immigrants detained each night by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), language is one of the major barriers to accessing services, including urgent medical care, in detention facilities.
Republican committee members at a recent congressional hearing called immigration detention a “vacation” for undocumented immigrants. PHR's Mike Corradini says the Subcommittee’s Republicans would do well to spend a few days in a detention facility the next time they need a vacation. If they did, they might think twice before holding another “Holiday on ICE” hearing.
On Wednesday, March 28, the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement will hold a hearing on the 2011 Performance Based National Detention Standards (PBNDS), a set of rules intended to govern conditions in immigration detention facilities run by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
On Tuesday, immigrant advocates and PHR's Mike Corradini toured the new Karnes Civil Detention Center which is being billed as the "future of immigration detention." Corradini shares his thoughts on the center which will house 608 non-violent immigration detainees in less-restrictive conditions of confinement.
Last week, the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on the proposed Bill “Due Process Guarantee Act of 2011.” The draft Bill would prohibit the indefinite detention of US citizens and permanent residents without charge or trial carried out on the basis of military force or a declaration of war, “unless an Act of Congress expressly authorizes such detention.”