p>By Peter Malof/Naihma Deady, published July 26, 2012:
AUSTIN, Texas – En años recientes ha incrementado la aplicación de leyes migratorias, y el gobierno federal ha recurrido a instituciones privadas para la detención de inmigrantes indocumentados mientras esperan su fecha de audiencia ante la corte. Por esta razón el sector privado de instituciones de detención no fue afectado por la recesión económica. Un nuevo estudio de la organización Sentencing Project dice que en los últimos diez años el número promedio de inmigrantes detenidos en instituciones públicas incrementó 26%, mientas que el número de inmigrantes detenidos en instituciones privadas incrementó 188%.
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"After protests across the country pressed Immigration and Customs Enforcement to free Shamir Ali, the 25-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant was released by immigration officials on Thursday, nine days into his detention.
Ali came to the United States from Bangladesh when he was seven, and has lived in Florida since. He hopes to eventually earn a bachelor's degree in business administration and work in the United States. But Ali, who he has no permanent legal status, was caught up in a raid on Oct. 19 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and ICE.
Ali said his time in detention, though short, was psychologically traumatic. Broward Transitional Center, where Ali was held, is considered one of the better immigrant detention centers in the country and has outdoor space for detainees. Still, Ali said it felt like prison, especially after his initial request for release was declined.
'It's still a confined space, which is jail,' he said. 'The psychological effect on me was so unfair. I didn't know how long I was going to be in there; I didn't know why I was still in there.'" Read more …
"Every year for at least the last four years, an officer, guard or other employee at an immigration detention center in Texas has been criminally prosecuted for sexually assaulting an immigration detainee. Every time, the government issues a press release about the prosecution and trumpets its efforts to protect detainees and punish bad actors — the implication being that sexual assault in detention is limited in scope and due merely to the actions of a few bad actors.
But it isn't.
Government documents obtained by the ACLU through the Freedom of Information Actand made public last week contain nearly 200 allegations of sexual abuse of immigration detainees jailed at detention facilities across the nation since 2007 alone. While more complaints came from facilities in Texas than any other state, allegations have come from nearly every state that houses a detention center. And because sexual abuse is something that is widely underreported, there can be little question that the information we have thus far received is only the tip of the iceberg. What is clear is that the sexual abuse of immigration detainees is a widespread problem and that immigration detainees are particularly vulnerable to abuse." Read more …
Ruben Navarrette writes:
"This is how bad it is in Alabama.
A Mexican consulate official in Washington monitoring the fallout from the state's new immigration law told me that, as school administrators were trying to determine the legal status of students, some principals were going into elementary school classes and telling kids: "Raise your hand if you weren't born in the U.S." Imagine a 6-year-old unsure of whether to raise his hand because he's afraid his parents might get deported.
What is happening to my country? I was born here, as were my parents and three of my grandparents. Yet, sometimes, I hardly recognize the place.
This is one of those times. As they shape their own immigration policies, the states are in a race to the bottom. Rather than challenge one another to create jobs or improve the schools, they're competing to see which one can be the cruelest to illegal immigrants." Read more …
The ACLU of Texas has filed a class action suit in federal court on behalf of three immigrant women held at the T. Don Hutto Detention Facility who were allegedly sexually assaulted.
ACLU of Texas Press Release
Texas Tribune Story on Lawsuit