Immigration Laws – Too Lenient or Too Cruel?

Are immigration laws not being enforced at all or are they being enforced too harshly for some? I believe most Americans are unaware of detention centers setup to hold “illegal” immigrants caught crossing the border.

What happens when someone is caught crossing the border and how effective is ICE, the organization which issues 287(g), trains officers, and monitors those towns which have adopted it.

ACLU Challenges Illegal Detention of Immigrant Children Held in Prison-Like Conditions – full article

Excerpt:

AUSTIN, Texas—The American Civil Liberties Union today filed lawsuits on behalf of ten immigrant children, challenging their illegal detention at the T. Don Hutto facility in Taylor, Texas.

The lawsuits, which charge that these children are being imprisoned under inhumane conditions while their parents await immigration decisions, were filed against Michael Chertoff, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as six officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The ACLU brought the lawsuits along with the ACLU of Texas, the University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic and the international law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP. The families represented come from countries including Lithuania, Canada, Haiti, Honduras, Somalia, and Guyana, and many have fled dangerous situations and are seeking asylum in the United States.

“There is simply no justification for imprisoning innocent children who pose no threat to anyone,” said Vanita Gupta, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program. “This is an affront to our core values as a nation. We need practical, realistic immigration policy, not draconian methods that are harming vulnerable kids.”

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