Immigrant family detention centers are prison-like, critics say, despite order to improve

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Immigrant family detention centers are prison-like, critics say, despite order to improve

"On deadline to improve immigrant family detention centers, Obama administration officials said they had converted the facilities into short-term processing sites, holding more families in recent months but for less time. Immigrant advocates, however, say that conditions at the centers remain prison-like, with inadequate medical and legal services, despite a federal judge's orders. This summer, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles castigated federal officials, finding they had failed to meet conditions for detaining immigrant children established by a 1997 court settlement, Flores vs. Meese. The judge prohibited the administration from holding children at centers not licensed to care for them and from holding families unless they posed a flight risk or a threat to national security. She gave the administration until Friday to comply."

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  • Hennessy-Fiske, Molly. "Immigrant family detention centers are prison-like, critics say, despite order to improve", Los Angeles Times, October 23, 2015.
  • Family immigration
  • Family reunification
  • Human rights
  • Illegal immigrant
  • Immigration policies
  • Immigration policy
  • Migration management