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.”
Still Waiting for Tomorrow: The Law and Politics of Unresolved Refugee Crises (pdf), a conference in Boston that will explore the scope and consequences of global refugee crises as well as potential policy responses to these crises, will feature PHR experts.
After much delay, a Bahraini court released forensic medical documentation of eight medics who were tortured in detention. Today during the continuing trial of 20 health workers who are charged as alleged backers of pro-democracy protests, the court released medical evaluations of eight medics.
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.
Despite a recent report that Bahrain’s Attorney General intended to drop the charges against 15 medics, today, the judge and prosecutor in the medics’ trial said any decision regarding the dropping of charges will need to be made in court.