Photo: Immigrant Detainees Repeatedly Moved
Detained immigrants facing deportation in the United States are being transferred, often repeatedly, to remote detention centers by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Human Rights Watch said today in a report analyzing 12 years of data.
The 37-page report, “A Costly Move: Far and Frequent Transfers Impede Hearings for Immigrant Detainees in the United States,” says transfers separate detained immigrants, including legal permanent residents, refugees, and undocumented people, from the attorneys, witnesses, and evidence they need to defend against deportation. That can violate their right to fair treatment in court, slow down asylum or deportation proceedings, and extend their time in detention, Human Rights Watch said.
“Transfers don’t just move people, they push aside their rights,” said Alison Parker, US program director and author of the report. “They can prevent immigrants, like those lawfully here or in need of asylum from persecution, from having an attorney or defending their right to remain in the United States.”