Debating Immigration Detention ReformPublished: Oct 3, 2012 5:00 pm By: Elanor Acer
"The Denver Contract Detention Facility holds several hundred immigration detainees at any given time -- thousands annually. They are among the hundreds of thousands of immigrants and asylum seekers detained last year in detention facilities across the nation at a cost to taxpayers of $2 billion. If that price tag alone doesn't warrant a question from moderator Jim Lehrer, perhaps the reality of what's happening at facilities should.
These issues have been well-documented by groups like Human Rights First. More recently, a coalition of 22 prominent human rights organizations and individuals, who came together to issue "10 Critical Human Rights Challenges for the next American President," called for reform. That document rightly noted that "despite its leadership in protecting refugees around the world and its history as a nation of immigrants, the United States has failed, in a number of ways, to protect the human rights of refugees and migrants.""
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