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Rights Group Accuses U.S. of Mistreating Detained Immigrants

17
Mar
2011

by in Immigration

Earlier today, a international human rights organization blamed Immigration law enforcement in the United States of inhumanly treating detainees. The group alleges that these immigrants are not being provided with legal representation and that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is increasing the use of detention as the primary means of dealing with the problem.

The lengthy report, issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights may be most in-depth project by a world organization of U.S. immigration law since the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency assumed responsibility for federal immigration law enforcement from the former Immigration and Naturalization Service. This took place in 2002.

The report stated: “The IACHR is convinced that detention is a disproportionate measure in many if not most cases, and that programs that provide for alternatives to detention would be a more balanced means to serve the State’s legitimate interest in ensuring compliance with immigration laws.”

In regard to mandatory detention cases, the group noted what they considered conditions not “commensurate with human dignity and humane treatment.” The report stressed due process concerns. This was especially the case with children, the infirm, the mentally ill and other vulnerable classes of detained immigrants.

“The Inter-American Commission finds that the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement has failed to develop an oversight and accountability system to ensure that these local partners do not enforce immigration law in a discriminatory manner by resorting to racial profiling, and that their practices do not use the supposed investigation of crimes as a pretext to prosecute and detain undocumented migrants.”

The group issuing the report is a division of the Organization of American States. They cited evidence that they collected from six immigration detention centers in Arizona and Texas and also interviews they conducted with detained immigrants and their families, immigration professionals and members of the legal profession conducted over the last two years.

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