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Latino Daily News

Tuesday December 10, 2013

REPORT:  Systematic Mistreatment of Deported Migrants at Hands of U.S. Officials

A recent report exposes a systematic, widespread abuse of immigrants waiting to be deported from the U.S. 

The ‘Bordering on Criminal: the Routine Abuse of Migrants in the Removal System’ report was authored by the Immigration Policy Center along with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona.  The report highlights the verbal and physical abuse the migrants endure while in U.S. custody.  The report also notes the chronic theft of the possessions taken from the migrants during processing; possessions that are often not returned to them when they leave U.S. custody.

Data shows that 11 percent of deportees report some form of physical abuse and 23 percent report verbal mistreatment while in U.S. custody.  Racist remarks appear to be the preferred form of verbal abuse the study found.  Undocumented immigrants held in detention for over a week were most likely to have their possessions taken and not returned.

The report is based on information gleaned from a bi-national, multi-institution study of 1,110 randomly selected, recently repatriated migrants surveyed in six Mexican cities between 2009 and 2012.

A report last month by the Immigration Clinic at the University of Nevada showed undocumented immigrants held at the Henderson Detention Center suffer frequent verbal abuse and do not receive adequate legal assistance.  The city of Henderson receives $100 per day per detainee and the federal contract earned the city $5 million annually.

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