March 20, 2009
CLINIC compiles a free Immigration News Bulletin of immigration-related news articles of interest to our network on a regular basis. Every Friday, CLINIC will post each week’s the three articles most popular with its readers. Here are this week’s top stories.
- The Associated Press profiles the immigration detention system in the United States, noting that many individuals held in detention facilities lack even the basic Constitutional protections afforded criminal suspects. (Michelle Roberts, “Immigration Face Detention, Few Rights,” Washington Post, 3/15/09)
- According to two reports released yesterday by Human Rights Watch and the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, immigrants being held in detention facilities frequently receive inadequate medical services. The reports also argue that Immigration and Customs Enforcement could save money and avoid medical problems by limiting the number of elderly, ill and non-criminal immigrants held in detention. (Jennifer Kay, “Groups Bash US Health Care for Detained Immigrants,” Washington Post, 3/17/09)
- Some cities and counties are housing immigrant detainees in local jails and are receiving federal funds for their services. In many cases, local governments are profiting from the arrangement and are using revenues to cover budget shortfalls. Some advocates criticize the program, arguing that, among other issues, local jails may not be following federal detention standards. (Anna Gorman, “Cities and Counties Rely on U.S. Immigrant Detention Fees,” Los Angeles Times, 3/17/09)
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