Scrutinizing the Treatment and Conditions Black Immigrants Face in Detention

Scrutinizing the Treatment and Conditions Black Immigrants Face in Detention

Friday, April 16, 2021

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detains hundreds of thousands of people each year in hundreds of jails and jail-like facilities throughout the United States. Increasingly, individuals in ICE detention are Black or come from majority-Black countries in Africa and the Caribbean.  

The complex network ICE uses for detention has long history of human rights and due process violations, sometimes with tragic and deadly repercussions. In this context, and the broader context of mass incarceration in the United StatesBlack immigrants face egregious conditions. Yet these concerns too often are missing from the public’s understanding of immigration and immigration detention. 

The Council and Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) are filing requests for information about the conditions, treatment, and outcomes in eight facilities throughout the U.S. South.  

The FOIAs ask for information from October 1, 2015 to the present. The eight facilities are Jackson Parish Correctional Center (Louisiana)LaSalle ICE Processing Center (Louisiana); Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center (Louisiana)Winn Correctional Center (Louisiana); Adams County Correctional Center (Mississippi)Prairieland Detention Center (Texas); T. Don Hutto Residential Center (Texas); and West Texas Detention Facility (Texas) 

Requesting information from ICE 

The FOIAs to ICE seek: 

  1. Complaints, grievances, and records related to documented significant incidents. 
  2. Records on officials using force, chemical agents, weapons, and other devices against individuals in ICE custody. 
  3. Reports on the use of solitary confinement. 
  4. Anonymized data for everyone held at the specific facility, including country of origin, detention duration, and release information. 
  5. Documentation and outcomes for medical and mental health requests. 

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