Children’s’ Civil Rights While in Detention Violated

The United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) was created by Congress in 1957 to serve as an independent, bi-partisan, fact-finding agency to help in the development of federal civil rights policy and enforcement of federal civil rights laws. In September, USCCR issued a report entitled “With Liberty and Justice for All: The State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities.” Among its recommendations, the report calls for the end of family detention, the decreased use of detention for immigrants, and the increased use of alternatives for detention. According to USCCR Chairman Martin R. Castro, US immigrant detention policy appears to be driven by Congressional mandates to fill 34,000 beds and decisions are being made “not only” based on “policy but on profit.” To access the report, please click here.