Supreme Court Upholds the Arizona Legal Workers Act (6/15/2011).
I M M I G R A T I O N D E T E N T I O N
On May 16, 2014, members of a delegation trip organized by Women on the Border and its ally Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera toured the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility located in Pearsall, Texas, or the South Texas Detention Complex. The delegates learned how this facility is operated by GeoGroup, Inc. the multinational corporation that has operations in the prison/detention business throughout the U.S.A. and worldwide.
Delegates were allowed to meet with individual detainees. The delegation of 12 persons split up into pairs and met briefly with approximately 58 men, the majority wearing the navy blue uniform that tells society that the only reason this person is inside the facility which is tightly secured and operated like a prison, is that the detainee is awaiting to be called for a hearing before an immigration court judge. It is a civil detention as opposed to a criminal detention. The person was simply caught by the border patrol, had no proof of legal authorization to be in the country and was suspected of being in the country for the sole purpose of acquiring work without valid authorization by the Department of Labor. The brief meetings with detainees in groups of about 4 persons took about 90 minutes. Too short of a time to hear anyone’s full story. Some of the notes taken from the meetings by detainees appear below. Further below is a basic “primer” on the rights of persons arrested and detained on suspicion of being in the country illegally and/or for having committed a deportable offense.
I. THE MAY 2014 DELEGATION TO PEARSALL IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITY IN SOUTH TEXAS.