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Immigrants risk safety to expose detention center conditions

Immigration hearings often move at a very slow pace, which is why federal officials feel the need to detain undocumented immigrants while they await a deportation trial. Once people are put into a detention center, they may be exposed to conditions that are dangerous or nearly uninhabitable. This is not only true among Illinois immigration detention centers, but it also appears to be an unfortunate national trend.

Not long ago, two young undocumented immigrants did a very daring thing: they turned themselves in just so they could document the realities of being held at the Broward Detention Center. When they arrived, they discovered numerous abuses, including unnecessary confinement and a woman that was left bleeding in her cell after a surgical procedure.

Even though there have been numerous reports of mistreatment at this facility, officials say that the detainees are being treated with respect. They have gone further to say that the facility is not supposed to be "punitive," like a jail or prison, instead it exists to "affect a removal." Those who have spent time in a detention center might feel differently.

Within the last couple years, it looked like federal immigration officials were only going to detain undocumented immigrants who had a record of serious crimes. Today, however, a number of people are being detained for petty violations (including traffic stops) or no apparent reason at all.

The fact is that facing immigration detention and potential deportation is a scary experience, especially for those being held in unsafe facilities. When individuals are deported, they often leave behind loved ones and a life they've become accustomed to, in addition to economic opportunities. People in this situation in this situation deserve to have their case heard swiftly and conducted with fairness.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Broward Transitional Center: Immigrants With No Criminal History Get Lengthy Stays At Little-Known Jail," Megan O'Matz, Jan. 7, 2013

  • Our firm has experience helping Illinois families through complex immigration cases. To find out more about your options when facing deportation, please see our Chicago immigration page.

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