Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Rights Group Exposes Immigration Detention System Abuses

Patterns and precedents similar to worldwide renditions (That is: use of fear, threat, disappearances (out of disorganization or design?) Time to see/show the film "The Visitor" for first or second time (Great Acting, nothing lags and pulls together all these concerns. This film is a good choice for a group because there are some funny and plenty of touching inter-cultural moments. Although the three states named are "most likely to receive transfers", North Carolina ICE and other states have reported similar abuses.

"Days or months later, with NO NOTICE, many of these immigrants are loaded onto planes for transport to detention centers in remote corners of states such as Texas, California and Louisiana (the three states most likely to receive transfers), the report found."

"...some detainees arrived at a new detention center without having been served a notice of why they were being held."

08 December 2009

by: William Fisher, t r u t h o u t | Report

"In New York when I was detained, I was about to get an attorney through one of the churches, but that went away once they sent me here to New Mexico.... All my evidence and stuff that I need is right there in New York. I've been trying to get all my case information from New York ... writing to ICE to get my records. But they won't give me my records; they haven't given me nothing. I'm just representing myself with no evidence to present." - (name withheld), writing from the Otero County Processing Center, Chaparral, New Mexico.

So reads testimony from one of the increasing number of immigrants transferred by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to detention centers far from where they were apprehended - making it virtually impossible for them to retain their records, communicate with family members or hire lawyers to contest their deportation.
The number of individuals held in hundreds of different detention facilities by the DHS's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in fiscal year 2009 is estimated to have reached 369,483, more than double what it was a decade earlier. A new analysis of millions of government records shows that to handle this pronounced surge in detainees, ICE made 1.4 million detainee transfers in the decade from 1999 through 2008 - with 53 percent of them since 2006.

An increasing proportion of all detainees are being transferred. In FY 1999, one out of every five (19.6 percent) of the detainees was moved from one detention facility to another. During the first six months of FY 2008, the latest period for which complete data are available, the majority (52.4 percent) of detainees were transferred.

Almost as startling was the growth in the percentage of individuals who were subjected to multiple transfers - starting at one detention facility, being transferred to a second, and then again (and sometimes again and again) to other detention locations. Ten years ago, only one out of twenty detainees experienced multiple transfers (5.6 percent). In FY 2008, one out of every four detainees (24 percent) was subject to multiple transfers.

This analysis is based upon previously unavailable data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearing House (TRAC) at Syracuse University and Human Rights Watch (HRW), which has published a new report, "Locked Up Far Away: The Transfer of Immigrants to Remote Detention Centers in the United States."

According to Alison Parker, HRW's US deputy director, "ICE is increasingly subjecting detainees to a chaotic game of musical chairs. And it's a game with dire consequences since it may keep them from finding an attorney or presenting evidence in their defense."

CONTINUE READING To go to the origional, here's the link From Truth Out GO here

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