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Organization condemns expansion of ICE detention centers in La.

2 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, May 02 2019 May 2, 2019 May 02, 2019 10:01 AM May 02, 2019 in News
Source: WBRZ
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NEW ORLEANS - The American Civil Liberties of Louisiana is condemning the "significant" expansion of ICE detentions in Louisiana.

Mother Jones reports, that since February ICE has starting housing detained immigrants at three new jails in the state, doubling the agency's capacity in Louisiana. There are ICE jails/ detention centers in Bossier, Jackson, River and Richwood. 

ACLU of Louisiana Executive Director Alanah Odoms Hebert released the following statement:

This massive expansion of ICE detention facilities betrays Louisiana’s commitment to decarceration and exposes thousands of immigrants and asylum seekers to brutal and inhumane conditions. The wholesale detention of immigrants and asylum seekers is an affront to our values and a violation of DHS policy, which states that asylum seekers who meet certain requirements be released on humanitarian parole while they await decisions in their case. Louisiana should not be complicit in the Trump administration’s dangerous anti-immigrant agenda – an agenda that’s included forcibly separating thousands of children from their parents and brutalizing immigrant communities.

For years the ACLU has received serious complaints about abysmal medical care and extreme brutality in these very facilities that will now be housing immigrant detainees. We are dismayed to see unsafe prison beds now being occupied by immigration detainees and call upon ICE to release as many people as possible to avoid exposure to the conditions. Reform is needed now to combat mass detention and ensure people are released while their immigration claims are considered, rather than detained in dangerous and abusive conditions.

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