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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Report: Obama administration breaks 2009 promise by failing to address the human rights crisis in immigration detention facilities

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The*Heartland Alliance's National*Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) have issued a report that reveals that the*Obama administration has broken their 2009 promise by failing to sufficiently address the human rights crisis that is occurring in immigration detention facilities across the nation. *


The report is entitled "Not Too Late for Reform"*and is the result of the review of conditions in two detention facilities in Illinois (Jefferson County Jail, and Tri-County Detention Center)*and one facility in Kentucky (Boone*County Jail). *The report reveals that the conditions in all three facilities were "deplorable" and that these facilities are "typical" of other immigration detention facilities nationwide that house immigrant detainees.


NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg*McCarthy calls on the Obama administration to "put an end to this human rights crisis by*ending the expansion and privatization of this broken system."


The report makes a demand on the Obama administration to:



  • Reduce mass immigration detention by abolishing harsh enforcement*practices and referring more individuals into alternative to detention*programs

  • Close the worst facilities nationwide, including Boone County Jail,*Jefferson County Jail, and Tri-County Detention Center

  • Cancel plans of opening new facilities operated by private prison*contractors that often are responsible for human rights violations

  • Restore human rights protections with strong oversight measures

  • Save taxpayer dollars by releasing from detention individuals who do not*pose a threat to society and assign them to an alternative to detention*program.


Click here to read the report.

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    I am against a detention & deportation-based system but am for other forms of enforcement, particularly deterrent measures. It should be easy to get everyone's attention about abuses. The problem is when a Maria Hinojosa-type is the one delivering the message, many people are going to roll their eyes knowing that she is simply anti-enforcement period. The most vocal critics of enforcement x also tend to be against enforcement a - z. The question they need to be asked is what are they FOR (in terms of enforcement)? Calling for "strong oversight measures" (actually enforced) is not as realistic as de-emphasis of that entire enforcement strategy. It's hard to get rid of directly--the answer is keep as few people from going into the system in the first place and the problem takes care of itself in that so many fewer people would be at risk of abuse.
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