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Deportation by Default: Mental Disability, Unfair Hearings, and Indefinite Detention

Published: Jul 26, 2010 9:20 am By: Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch has released a 98-page report that documents the plight of mentally ill immigrants that are caged in the immigration detention system.  The report is entitled Deportation by Default: Mental Disability, Unfair Hearings, and Indefinite Detention.

The following is a synapses:

"This 98-page report says that immigrants with mental disabilities are often unjustifiably detained for years on end, sometimes with no legal limits. The report documents case after case in which people with mental disabilities were prevented from making claims against deportation – including claims of US citizenship – because they were unable to represent themselves. Some of the people interviewed for the report did not know their own names, were delusional, could not tell time, or did not know that deportation meant removal from the United States."

Read the report.

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