Improve Detention Facilities for Illegal Immigrants

Target: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Goal: Improve the detention facilities for illegal immigrants to prevent mental harm

Based off of new findings taken from federal data, an average of 300 illegal immigrants are detained throughout the 50 large detention centers in the U.S. per day. These centers are overseen by officials from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the immigrants are often left in solitary confinements for 15 days or more. According to several psychiatric experts, the detention centers can cause severe mental harm to the immigrants due to the length of their imprisonment. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement should revise its guidelines and detention centers in order to prevent harm and provide a better setting for confinement.

The federal data revealed that about 35 immigrants were kept in confinement for over 75 days. There is no explanation as to why the immigrants were confined, although experts inferred that over half of them most likely broke certain laws. However, the immigrants are held for civil charges, not criminal charges. They are being held to ensure that they make their administrative hearings, and not to be punished. Confinement, whether or not it is alone or with others is a form of punishment because it can inflict mental harm. The immigrants do not deserve to be treated this way and locked up for several months without proper care.

Solitary confinement, which the immigration officials enforce on one percent of the immigrants, can be considered to be harmful because it can take a toll on a person’s mental health. According to the New York Times, previous illegal immigrants who were confined over a month developed certain mental illnesses like depression and suicidal thoughts. The immigrants are expected to reside for 22 to 23 hours in cells that are 6-foot-by-13-foot and windowless. Furthermore, immigrants who are put in solitary confinement have very little access to phones, making communication to the outside world extremely difficult.

These immigrants are not criminals waiting for their trials. They are detained based on civil charges and deserve to be held in a more humane and comfortable setting. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must change its policies regarding solitary confinement and revise detention centers.


Dear U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,

Federal data revealed that over 300 immigrants could be found throughout the U.S.’s 50 large detention centers on any given day. The immigrants are usually held because the government fears that they will leave and avoid administrative hearings. Although the government is trying to hold them responsible for their actions, the detention centers are too small and restrictive.

These immigrants are not criminals, yet, they are being punished by being forced to live in these centers for weeks and often months. Psychiatric experts have stated that the length of the confinement and the use of solitary confinement can do serious mental harm to the people.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must revise their detention centers and give the immigrants a livable space before their hearings.


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One Comment

  1. Robert Ortiz says:

    Regardless of their legal status they are human beings and human rights transcend borders, legal status, age, race, gender, country of origin, etc.

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