Thursday, May 20, 2010
American Gulag: 350 immigrants held more than 6 months while fighting deportation, Tip of detention iceberg
Anna Gorman of the Los Angeles Timeswrites that "More than 350 immigrant detainees in the Los Angeles area have been held behind bars longer than six months while fighting deportation, according to a list recently released by the federal government. The list of names was turned over to the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California late last month as part of a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The ACLU is battling for the right of detainees held for six months or more to have hearings on whether they can be released from custody while their cases are pending."
Since 1996, as we all know, the U.S. government's detention of immigrants has increased astronomically. The numbers of detentions, as well as the conditions, lack of hearings, etc. have frequently been criticized. Hello, is anyone out there?