Ministers and Lawyers Banned From Visiting Adelanto

Ministers and Lawyers Banned From Visiting Adelanto

On World Refugee Day, Adelanto Detention Facility, located northeast of Los Angeles, denied entry to a charter bus full of clergy, religious activists, and lawyers who had intended visit inmates at the immigrant detention facility. Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), a nonprofit group that facilitates volunteer visits to a number of immigration detention facilities through the nation, unsuccessfully negotiated with prison officials for over an hour in an attempt to gain admission to the facility. The group held a short prayer service, but ultimately was forced to leave the property, along with family members and lawyers for the detained immigrants, as prison officials had placed the entire facility on lock-out status. Although run on public funds, the privately-held facility is not subject to the same regulations as publicly-run facilities, which makes consistent standards about public access difficult, at best. This lock-out incident was the latest in a series of highly controversial actions taken by the Geo Group, which is the largest private prison corporation that operates Adelanto and many other immigration detention facilities. Adelanto has long been the target of criticism for health and safety concerns; in 2016, there was one complaint regarding sexual abuse, violence, substandard medical care, or other personal violated filed for every 56 inmates at the facility. Numerous disturbing inmate deaths have occurred at the facility, with three more such deaths occurring since March of this year. While the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Obama administration had announced its intention to phase out the use of private prisons to operate immigrant detention facilities, the Trump administration promptly entered into a $110 million deal with Geo Group to open a new facility. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., has the experience that you need when you are facing deportation charges, which are becoming more and more common each day. We know how to gather the facts that are relevant to your case, assess your options, and determine whether you have any legal defenses that may enable you to avoid deportation and remain in the United States. Contact the Oakland immigration attorneys at our office today and learn how we potentially can help you and your family through this difficult situation.
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