Crossing the Border: Immigrants in Detention and Victims of Trafficking Part I and II, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, March 15, 2007 [open pdf - 385KB]
From the opening statement of Loretta Sanchez: "Today's hearing is the first in a two-part series that will examine the issues surrounding the treatment of migrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And the first of the series, this hearing today, we will have two panels, which will primarily focus on the issue of detention. […] With the end of the 'catch and release' program, the Department of Homeland Security faces a daunting challenge: how to deal with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of migrants that have been detained in recent enforcement actions. But the challenge is not only for law enforcement. It is also a humanitarian challenge. Our goal must not only be to detain migrants, but also to make sure that their detention is humane. And at the same time, we must explore alternatives to detention that meet our law enforcement goals and that may provide more humane conditions for these detainees. Recently, reports have signaled that detention conditions and the treatment of detainees in administrative immigration detection have not been acceptable. I have found these reports very disturbing, and so have many of my colleagues." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Loretta Sanchez, Mark E. Souder, Bennie G. Thompson, Sheila Jackson Lee, John P. Torres, Richard P. Seiter, Michelle Brane, Christina Fiflis, Michael Cutler, Gabriel Garcia, Victor X. Cerda, Ann Jordan, and Derek Marsh.
Serial No. 110-16
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