Saturday, April 28, 2007
U.N. expert will visit U.S. immigrant family detention centers
AP reports that the UN Human Rights Council independent expert on migrant rights, Jorge Bustamante, will travel to Texas to investigate a highly criticized center for detained immigrant families (see posts by Lakshmi Bai [IntLawGrrl Jaya Ramji-Nogales] on the detention of immigrant families, including young children, here and here). The U.S. government is apparently facilitating Bustamante’s visit, which will include a tour of the T. Don Hutto Facility in Taylor, TX. Roughly 400 non-criminal immigrants are housed in this former prison as they await deportation or other resolutions of their case. Conditions at this facility have been called "questionable" by a U.S. District Court judge, and rights groups claim that, though no longer a prison, the Hutto facility is still run like one, and that families housed here are subject to psychological abuse from guards, inadequate medical care and inhumane conditions.