Immigration

Trouble in Tent City

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The Washington Post reports on conditions inside illegal immigrant detention centers:

[C]ivil liberties and immigration law groups allege that out of sight, the system is bursting at the seams. In the Texas facility, they say, illegal immigrants are confined 23 hours a day in windowless tents made of a Kevlar-like material, often with insufficient food, clothing, medical care and access to telephones. Many are transferred from the East Coast, 1,500 miles from relatives and lawyers, virtually cutting off access to counsel.

An inspector general's report last month on a sampling of five U.S. immigration detention facilities found inhumane and unsafe conditions, including inadequate health care, the presence of vermin, limited access to clean underwear and undercooked poultry. Although ICE standards require that immigrants have access to phones and pro bono law offices, investigators found phones missing, not working or connected to non-working numbers.

The whole thing's worth a read, although I think our silently agreed-upon hiatus in the immigration debate makes a near-term solution unlikely.

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  1. Most people don’t give an aeronautical copulation about what happens to “someone else”. That’s why we have so many ridiculous rules and regulations micromanaging our behaviors. Those types of laws are directed at “someone else” – who is determined to be unworthy of basic human kindness. Whatever you do to the least of these you do unto me – to quote a revered Islamic prophet.

  2. limited access to … undercooked poultry

    Can’t come soon enough for me.

  3. Intensities in Tent Cities.

  4. Don’t mess with Texas.

  5. Many are transferred from the East Coast, 1,500 miles from relatives and lawyers, virtually cutting off access to counsel.

    But. But. I thought this was a Texas–>California/Mexico problem The Wall will solve.

  6. “Trouble in Tent City”

    We’ve all been there. It’s late, too many guys in the bar, somebody says, “whatchyou lookin’ at?”

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