Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Do you favor internment camps for illegal aliens awaiting deportation?

Mother Jones--

five-year-old Inmate Faten Ibrahim lives with her mother at a compound built as a prison for Texas worse criminals which includes parameter razor wire, an 8 x 8 foot cell, and a toilet in an open corner.

The prison is actually a detention center that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agencies (ICE) uses as a detention center for illegal immigrants being held on immigration charges. The agency's decision came in August in response to the controversial practice of "catch and release" in which immigrants with children who were detained on US soil were typically set free and told to show up later in court only to disappear instead. Additionally, the agency will now detained families until their asylum and deportation cases are resolved in an effort to keeping the family units together.

Lawyers and human rights advocates questioned the ethics and legality of imprisoning children. "It's clearly not a setting that is appropriate for families," says Michelle Bran'e, an investigator for the women's commission for refugees women and children who recently toured the facility, "it's deftly a penal environment."

A 1993 Supreme Court decree to the immigration agency requires it to do its best to detain children in the parents together, yet the government argues that family detention centers are generally the most humane way to enforce immigration laws effectively.

In March, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff , said that he plans to open more detention centers in part from a concerned that children are being used as foils to facilitate border trafficking.

The ACLU contends that this problem could be addressed more cost effectively and humanely if the government provides better incentives for immigrants to show up for court dates.
"There have been studies that show if you combine general monitoring with other social services you get a good return rate that is cheaper than detaining people," said Tom Jawetz, an attorney with the ACLU's National Prison Project.

I have said it before... it is the children who are the victims of illegal immigration. Their parents, crossed the border illegally fully knowing the risks. On the other hand, children are left to deal with the consequences that their parents have unfairly placed them into. We have read many articles about children that were brought here at a very young age not knowing that they were illegal only to be traumatized later in life and risk being deported to a country that they have never known.
The end result, is that the children become punished for their parents action in so many different ways.
As far as detention centers go, while I do agree that something has to be done on both sides of the border, I have also expressed concerns in the past of the return of the Japanese internment centers.

As per this article, which is a must read, well I do not have a problem with detaining illegal immigrants while they await deportation, I do have a problem with them not being treated humanely during that detention.
{related article: immigration detention facilities -- ICE}--


Anonymous Laura said...

As fast as this country moves, I don't understand why it takes so long to send them back home. If they are being deported, then get on with it. Letting them sit in camps is like prison to them. I was raised behind a barbed wire fence in a foreign country and although it put a damper on a lot of things, it was the best solution for the situation. I am happy to see ICE doing its job but also concerned about the conditions of the camps. Hard problem to solve. Safety VS humane treatment.

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