Former Adelanto Detainee Compares Immigration Detention to Prison

Former Adelanto Detainee Compares Immigration Detention to Prison

A former immigrant detainee at Adelanto Detention Center and other immigrant advocacy groups are urging the media and government agencies to refer to Adelanto and similar facilities as “prisons” rather than immigrant detention centers, due in large part to the borderline inhumane conditions in those facilities. Along with the non-profit Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), these individuals launched an online petition in late 2017 to rename facilities like Adelanto. The Geo Group, which manages both immigrant detention centers and prisons, denounced the petition, stating that there were significant differences between the two types of facilities. Immigrants typically end up at Adelanto either after they seek asylum at the San Diego-Tijuana border or get arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Southern California. Undocumented immigrants also can end up at Adelanto after serving time in prison, when they are detained pending deportation proceedings. Adelanto has become infamous in immigration advocacy groups for its record number of deaths – three in 2017 alone and reports of sexual assault. Current and former detainees report insufficient meals, a lack of necessary medical care, and an absence of proper legal aid at Adelanto. ICE and the Geo Group have denied these allegations, stating that all immigrants receive a physical within 14 days of arrival and have access to medical, dental, and mental health care as needed Adelanto is the largest facility of its kind in California, measuring 409,000 square feet and housing an average daily population of 1,600 immigrant detainees. Geo Group describes Adelanto as a state-of-the-art facility with artificial soccer fields, flat screen televisions, modern classrooms, library materials, and access to purchase items from the commissary. Detainees are dressed in colors that reflect their criminal histories, and the facility personnel separate those who have serious or lengthy criminal histories from those with little or no criminal histories. Adelanto officials segregate those detainees who cause problems or violate the rules in disciplinary housing. All detained individuals who are facing deportation need an experienced California immigration attorney who can assist them with this often complex process. We are here to stand up for the rights of detained immigrants. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we know how to stand up for the rights of those who are legally entitled to remain in the U.S. Call us today at (510) 756-4468 and schedule an appointment with one of our deportation defense lawyers, and learn how we can assist you.
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