Tens of thousands of individuals will be detained tonight, tomorrow, and the next day at an average cost of $95 per person, per day. Among them are survivors of torture and human trafficking, undocumented immigrants, asylum seekers, lawful permanent residents, and even U.S. citizens. The individuals are caught in a U.S. immigration detention system that is expensive, ineffective, and that denies basic human rights.
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Amnesty International’s research found immigrants including asylum seekers fleeing torture and human trafficking are being unjustly detained in the U.S. immigration detention system. Those in most dire need face a broken and cruel system of detention, instead of having their cases properly reviewed. Some fleeing abusive countries even consider going back to escape U.S. detention.
Mr. N, a Buddhist monk, fled to the U.S. after he was tortured in Tibet for his religious beliefs. When he arrived in New York, he was immediately detained and never had a chance to argue for his case before a judge. After 10 months in detention, he was finally granted asylum. Tragically, Mr. N’s story is just one of many in the new AI report.
In the report, Jailed without Justice, AI researchers found:
- Lawful permanent residents, asylum seekers, and survivors of torture are being detained while they fight for protection.
- US citizens and lawful permanent residents can be detained for years without any review of their custody.
- Meaningful oversight and accountability for abuse or neglect in detention is almost nonexistent.
- Individuals in detention often lack treatment for their medical needs and 74 people have died while in immigration detention over the past five years.