The Federal Government to suspend its Contract for Illegal Immigrants’ Detention?
Immigrants Protest: In protest to the inhumane treatment of the undocumented immigrants at the Detention Centers, a protest Vigil was scheduled on July 7, 2011 at the Pinal County Jail. They wish to push the federal government to suspend its contract with the county for illegal immigration detention. The protest started at 6:30am and lasted for 3 hours.
Terrible Treatment: The demonstration at the Pinal County Jail is aimed at bringing forth the terrible treatment which the illegal immigrants are subjected to. The United States’ hired government contractors, not only at the Pinal County Jail but also in various other parts of the country have employed inhumane ways to deal with the punished. Further, the release of a report by ACLU cited for systematic problems in the detention facilities of Arizona.
ACLU Report: The report particularly mentioned about the horrifying state of the detention centers and requested the Federal Government to shut down the ill-feeling detention wing with immediate effect. This is perhaps turning out to be a big business but the real situation is that; immigrations that awaited orders of deportation or date of trials in the court are kept at five different detention cells for long-term from in Eloy and Florence.
Heights of Torture: As a whole, each detention cell is malicious for the immigrants, particularly those have been held responsible for severe violations of the immigration laws. But none of them are as worse as the Pinal County Jail. Here none of the immigrants is allowed a minute for recreation or to meet their family members and other acquaintances. This inhumane attitude at these cells has resulted in many deaths and mental illnesses to the immigrants.
Reactions: Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) reacted to the report by ACLU in a press conference stating that it will look into the matter and start it’s probing. It will take a close look at the facilities at these detention centers. However, this is far from satisfying the protestors as they don’t want the talk – they want to see whatever the body is promising. The Human Rights bodies are also supporting the matter.
Federal Gulags: The undocumented immigrants who are yet to appeal against their orders to be deported have been subjected to detention in Federal Gulags for long time even before their cases reach the court. The detainees are not allowed to step out and just a sliver of sunlight is what they get. The only thing that can keep the detainees occupied is the basketball ring in a deserted corner of the rooms. According to Kimbell, the Chief Deputy, “This is very much outdoors.”