Trauma at the Border: The Human Cost of Inhumane Immigration Policies   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Executive Summary: "The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights last addressed civil rights and constitutional concerns in connection with the immigration detention of families and children, including conditions of detention centers in its 2015 report, 'With Liberty and Justice for All: The State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities' ('2015 Report'). [...] As confirmed by media reports, government investigations, eyewitness accounts, and public testimony received by the Commission, the Trump Administration has implemented immigration policies that appear to violate constitutional due process rights and basic standards of medical and mental health care, and seemingly target migrants based on demographics including national origin, language status, and gender. These new policies have resulted in the separation of family units, lasting trauma and heartache, and shocking detention conditions for both children and adults. In addition, the new testimony and data indicate that federal agencies have not heeded the Commission's recommendations from its 2015 report. Agencies continue not to provide appropriate and critical legal and medical services to detainees, or transparency about the government's policies in detaining individuals. Further, agencies continue inequitable treatment of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] individuals, individuals with disabilities, and non-English speakers."

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