Justice-Free Zones: U.S. Immigration Detention Under the Trump Administration   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "In the last three years, the Trump administration has grown the immigration detention system in the United States to an unprecedented size, at times holding more than 56,000 people per day. Since 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has anchored this growth in places where immigrants are most likely to be isolated from legal counsel, remain in detention without real opportunity for release, and are more likely to lose their cases. These new detention centers also exhibit patterns of mistreatment and abuse, including medical and mental health care neglect, that have been present since the inception of ICE's detention system and grown worse as the system has expanded. [...] This report provides a comprehensive examination of changes to the immigration detention system under the Trump administration, including an in-depth examination of the system's expansion in the last three years and conditions of confinement in new detention facilities opened after January 2017. When this report went to print in April 2020, the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic had taken hold in the United States. While our findings do not account for conditions in the detention system during the pandemic, they do document the state of a system that was never prepared to safely handle the crisis situation the world now faces."

2020 American Civil Liberties Union
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