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ACLU Report: Systemic Abuse of Immigrants in Arizona Immigration Detention Centers

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The ACLU of Arizona has prepared a report entitled "In their Own Words: Enduring abuse in Arizona immigration detention centers." The report was the result of 115 face-to-face interviews with detainees in Eloy and Florence, Arizona, correspondence with detainees, and interviews with the family members of detainees, as well as the review of more than 500 detainee grievances.


The ACLU concluded that immigrant detainees held in Eloy and Florence suffer from "systemic civil and human rights abuses related to inhumane conditions and inadequate legal protections."


The report contains the following findings:



  • There have been increased detentions of non-violent, low-risk persons resulting from local immigration enforcement;

  • Immigrant detainees are forced to endure inhumane conditions at Pinal County Jail, which has received "deficient" ratings in 2007, 2008 and 2009; 

  • Detention officers frequently place ICE detainees on lockdown for minor infractions, including not making a bed, not moving quickly enough, or saving a piece of fruit to eat later in the day.  

  • ICE detention standards are self-monitored, non-legally enforceable, and are not fully implemented;

  • At Eloy Detention Center, a privately contracted detention facility, there is evidence of abusive treatment of vulnerable populations that are at a higher risk for sexual assault and physical abuse. Examples include five cases involving transgender or gay detainees who were sexually assaulted or treated in an abusive manner; and

  • Both facilities have deficient medical and mental health care.


The Obama administration may not have the power to change our immigration laws, but it sure as hell has the power to ensure that immigrants in custody are being treated humanely.


It has become abundantly clear that this administration has failed miserably in this regards.  


Par for the course.

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  1. moncler doudoune's Avatar
    let's join our hands together to stop this kind of wrong doings. It may risk lives in the future if we just let them continue.
  2. Lek's Avatar
    Destroy pakistan !! kill all these daowod ibrahim, hafiz saeed,, rehman lakvi,, mulla umar,, haqani father/son,, maulana masoor azhar,, abdul rauf,, musharraf,, pasha shuja,, parbez kayani etc in fact poora pakistan ke logon ko duniya ke nakshe se hata do!! ye log bechare baloch aur pashtun logon par julm karte ,, unko jaan se maarne ka kaam karte hain!!
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