Thursday, November 15, 2012
A new report calls for changes in the nation’s growing immigration detention system, where Texas provides more than a quarter of beds for those charged with violating civil immigration laws. Detention Watch Network, a coalition of advocacy groups, said changes didn’t go far enough or weren’t implemented after a critical 2009 review by President Barack Obama’s administration. The review followed publicity about poor medical care, abuse and even deaths in facilities that now serve more than 33,000 daily. “Ironically, people in criminal custody have access to more due process protections, to attorneys, and there are standards to how facilities should be run, at least on paper,” said Andrea Black, a lawyer and executive director of Detention Watch."
Click here for access to a story by Dianne Solís in Dallas Morning News on the report.