Federal government officials describe facilities where immigrants are detained as "alternatives to detention". A recent study, conducted by researchers at the University of Kansas, has likened immigration detention centers to prisons.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) pleaded with the Trump administration and Border Patrol officials on Tuesday, Oct. 31 to release a 6-year-old Mexican girl with cerebral palsy from federal custody. The undocumented immigrant girl is currently behind held at San Antonio's Baptist Children's Home, a private organization that cares for both migrant and orphan children.
Everyone in the United States benefits from specific rights and protections under U.S. law. It doesn't matter if you're a citizen, a green card holder or an undocumented or illegal immigrant. You can benefit from the rights and protections afforded by the United States Constitution in the event of an immigration raid.
In many senses, indefinite detainment without a conviction or deportation seems unfair. It means a person is being held without a chance to plead his or her case, with no end in sight. In the case of immigrants, is this legal?
Deportation is a huge fear of some people who are in the United States. It is difficult to think about because this possibility can take people away from their loved ones, their friends and the homes they have known and loved.
Tens of thousands of immigrants wind up being detained on a yearly basis; the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reports that the total numbers are higher in recent years than they've ever been.