Stories like these tarnish the American dream. Laws that permit this to happen, with almost no oversight or accountability, endanger our civil liberties and human rights.
Ask your Senator to end arbitrary detention and help fix conditions in immigrant detention by co-sponsoring the Protect U.S. Citizens and Residents from Unlawful Detention Act and the Strong STANDARDS Act.
Just last week, President Obama signaled that he would finally be ready to tackle the immigration system in 2010.2 This news comes on the heels of two new bills recently introduced in the Senate that could dramatically improve the plight of detained US citizens, immigrants and asylum seekers.
These bills would provide due process protection to U.S. citizens and others detained erroneously, and set minimum and humane standards of care for every detained person in the U.S.
For many, 2010 seems a long way off. But we know that if we're going to play an active role in shaping immigration reform policies that respect basic rights and liberties of all people, then we're going to have to start now.
It is up to us to demand that the human rights of hundreds of thousands of people caught in the nightmarish system of immigration detention be protected.
Email your Senator to help fix the broken system of immigrant detention.
Policy Director, Refugee & Migrant Rights
Amnesty International USA