In a recent report, the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) exposed the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) systematic violation of immigrants’ due process rights at the for-profit Cibola County Correctional Facility. NIJC’s comprehensive survey of immigration legal service providers found that the opening of this isolated and massive immigration prison has left hundreds of detained immigrants without meaningful access to counsel as they face deportation. In most cases, individuals facing permanent separation from families or exile to places where they face persecution are left to defend themselves in complex court hearings. As Congress considers the Trump administration’s request to fund its massive expansion of the immigration detention system, NIJC calls on lawmakers to refuse the use of taxpayer dollars to lock up people without access to lawyers, and demands that DHS discontinue the detention of immigrants in circumstances such as those trapped in Cibola.
National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)