A Day at Eloy Detention Center

A Day at Eloy Detention Center

Eloy Detention Center is one of 637 facilities that process, house, and detain immigrants who have entered into the U.S. Over 325,000 individuals passed through one of these facilities during federal fiscal year (FFY) 2015, typically in order for the purposes of deportation. Private contractors like Corrections Corporation of America often operate these facilities, including Eloy. About 7,000 immigrants found themselves detained at Eloy in FFY 2015. At any given time, about 1,500 people are detained at Eloy, which has remained full or close to full since 2010. Between 2013 and July, 2016, 162 people died while in custody of one of these facilities, including 14 at Eloy. Five of those deaths were suicides. These deaths have led to concerns about medical care and conditions in general in these facilities, both from immigrant advocacy groups and family members of those who are detained. Detainees are permitted one hour-visits each week with their families and other visitors. Relatives often must wait in crowded waiting rooms for hours until it is their turn to visit. You cannot bring personal belongings with you into the visiting room and have access only to vending machines during your visit. All visits are finished by 5:00 p.m. The Migration Policy Institute reports that over five million children live in the U.S. with an undocumented immigrant parent. Every one of these children lives with the potential for his or her parent to be detained and, ultimately, deported. This can result in children being limited to one hour per week in which to visit a parent, not to mention the fact that the child may have to live with other relatives if the parents are unable to care for him or her. When you or a loved one is detained pending deportation charges, we know how difficult the situation can be. In this situation, we are here to devote all of our efforts to advocating on behalf of you and your family. We have the knowledge and skills necessary to make a difference in your deportation case. Don’t hesitate to contact the Bay Area immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., and have your free evaluation today. We are here to help.
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