Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Earlier, Kevin Johnson blogged about the Amnesty International report that blasts the U.S. immigration detention system. We are very proud of the great work that the UC Davis Immigration Clinic contributes in the face of the overwhelming needs of detainees.
Ken McLaughlin writes in the San Jose Mercury News:
In a scathing report on the treatment of immigration detainees held in detention centers and more than 300 local facilities such as the Santa Clara County Jail, Amnesty International charges the federal government violates human rights by allowing tens of thousands of people to languish in custody every year without receiving hearings to determine whether their detention is warranted.
According to the 51-page report from the human rights group released today, the vast majority of the detainees have a hard time getting an attorney, some so desperate they ask to be deported even if they believe they're entitled to stay in this country.
"Officials are locking up thousands of human beings without due process and holding them in a system that is impossible to navigate,'' said Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA.
In the Bay Area, immigration detainees looking for free attorneys depend mostly on two groups: the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco and the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of California-Davis School of Law. But those groups are inundated with requests.
Without representation, Amnesty says, many immigrants simply give up and return to their home countries, even if they feel they have a strong case that they're entitled to stay in the United States. Click here for the rest of the story.