At a Congressional hearing yesterday, Republican committee members attempted to portray immigration detention as a “vacation” for undocumented immigrants. “Nobody who has spent even a minute in an immigration detention facility would characterize it as a ‘holiday,’” said PHR's Christy Fujio “Detention center conditions are often worse a criminal jail. Nobody wants to be there.”
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In a Letter to the Editor published by the Boston Globe on March 19, 2012, PHR's Christy Fujio writes: "Like the death penalty, solitary confinement is an inhumane relic that remains only because public opinion demands that we punish wrongdoers and never 'coddle.'"
PHR welcomes the opening of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) first civil detention center in Karnes City, Texas and calls for continued reforms to the US immigration detention system.
Michael E. Corradini, JD, Asylum Advocate at PHR, will speak at the 2012 Immigration Justice Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with enforcing immigration laws and running immigration detention centers, announced on Thursday that it is creating a Public Advocate post to address complaints regarding immigration enforcement.