Paromita Shah is the Associate Director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. She reviews the latest report on detention and offers insights below:
This month, the United States Commission of Civil Rights (USSCR) offered withering criticism about the treatment of detained immigrants in the U.S. in its required report on the immigration detention, “The State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities.”
The USSCR found that the United States failed to comply with critical federal policies governing basic health and wellness practices in detention centers and was “interfering with the constitutional rights afforded to detained immigrants.”
The report unequivocally recommended acting immediately to release families from detention. The report made dozens of recommendations ranging from medical care, language access, safety, free exercise of religion and treatment of children, families, and vulnerable populations.