Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Today, the American Immigration Council and Center for Migration Studies releasedA Humane Approach Can Work: The Effectiveness of Alternatives to Detention for Asylum Seekers by Mark Noferi. The paper argues that widespread U.S. detention of asylum seekers is not only harmful, but unnecessary. It summarizes empirical research that asylum seekers fleeing persecution arrive uniquely inclined to appear for court hearings, and will do so if they are treated humanely and fairly—i.e. released instead of detained, and provided legal assistance before their hearing.
Given this evidence, the U.S. government should design a system of supervised release with legal assistance for asylum seekers—which can work with both far less human cost and financial cost to taxpayers.