Last year the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, condemned the conditions of detention in which refugees and migrants were being held. “Utterly appalling” and “inhumane,” were the terms used. The Trump administration maintained it had improved conditions by increasing the presence of medical providers in the detention centers.
This year several detainees have claimed being forced to clean an ICE facility with high COVID-19 infections. Once again, we are witnessing the unacceptable treatment of people who came to the United States, seeking asylum. These individuals came for protection but found themselves in as much danger as they were running from.
This week, in the news.
As of the time of writing this post, 122 people detained there have the virus. We have no idea what the death toll will be. These detentions are not only an aberration of justice but, in the long term, will prove to be fiscally irresponsible and an unnecessary burden on the taxpayer.
Human rights violations are not new to this administration. Read more about family separation under the Trump administration.
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