Immigration Detention

immigration-detention

The immigration detention It’s an unfair and inhumane practice, a policy where immigrants suspected of visa violations, illegal entry or unauthorized arrival are deprived of liberty, while they await a determination of their immigration status or possible deportation.

What are immigration detention centers?

They are those places destined for the detention of immigrants. They are facilities similar to prisons, in which they are confined by force and are denied a series of freedoms under the authority of the State.

The purpose of immigration detention centers isn’t to apply punishment. The immigrants who are in these institutions have been denounced for having committed civil offenses, not for having perpetrated crimes of a criminal nature, they are there waiting and to guarantee that they go to the judicial hearings of their case.

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How many immigration detention centers are there in the US? How many immigrants are in the detention centers?

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There are approximately 200 facilities, where the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE for its acronym in English) detains more than 50.000 people daily.

Some detention facilities are operated directly by ICE or its private contractors. Other facilities are outsourced to local prisons and jails.

Is detention illegal?

The UN has indicated that international law is violated by detaining minors for immigration reasons. Detention can only be considered as a last resort only for adults and never for children.

Can you visit immigration detention centers?

Yes, there is a visiting schedule for family, friends and lawyers, which varies in each detention center, with very precise rules that must be followed.

What happens when an immigrant is detained?

After ICE detains the immigrant, they will be placed in a detention center. When ICE stops you for the first time, you have the right to make a free local phone call.

How long are immigrants detained?

Detentions usually exceed 6 months.

How do you find someone detained by ICE?

You can use the ICE Locator for network detainees. This database allows you to search by alien registration number or by first name, last name and date of birth.

How much is the bond set by ICE?

The established amounts of the bonds are very high, being the average of $14.500. Many families cannot afford them.

What happens in immigration detention centers? What is the current reality?

In recent years the wave of immigration from Central America, Mexico and South America to the US has increased exponentially, coupled with this fact, the measures taken by the Government have been increasingly harsh with the treatment of immigrants.

This whole situation has generated a strong border crisis, where many human rights violations occur. Women and children are especially vulnerable to violence and abuse in places of immigration detention, and studies have shown that short periods of detention can have strong impacts on physical and mental health.

Adults and children have been held for days, weeks or even months in narrow cells, without access to medicines, sometimes without basic personal hygiene items or places to wash hands or shower, on many occasions they must endure cold temperatures and severe conditions of overcrowding, and the lack of conditions to house a record and growing number of detained migrants is evident, many of them without even facing charges.

These events have been denounced by various organizations, such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the United Nations (UN) and International Amnesty.

Where can I get help if I think my civil rights have been violated by an immigration officer?

If you think this has happened to you, you can file a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights.

At Tramites de Inmigracion USA Corp we advise and support you with all the immigration procedures you need, in this way you will avoid living this traumatic and confusing experience for you and yours. Trust us and our experience!

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