President Obama and members of Congress are discussing how to fix the broken U.S. immigration system. Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center is committed to speaking out for immigration reform that includes humane detention reform and due process protections for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
Why is detention reform so important?
Each year, the U.S. detains more than 400,000 immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers—the majority of whom have committed no crime—in a broken system of more than 500 detention centers and county jails. Nearly 90 people have died because of lack of adequate care since 2003. Today's immigrant detention system violates human rights, separates families, and betrays American ideals of fairness and justice.
Any comprehensive immigration reform must include two critical components:
- Eliminate unnecessary detention
- Improve access to legal counsel and health care for people who are detained
As Congress and the President begin the debate on comprehensive immigration reform, restoring human rights and due process to the immigrant detention system must be a part of the conversation -- and subsequent legislation.
Immigration reform must include humane detention reform.
Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center is a Chicago-based nongovernmental organization dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers through a unique combination of direct services, policy reform, impact litigation and public education. For more information visit www.immigrantjustice.org