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Pass Immigration Reform That Respects Human Rights

Tara Tidwell-Cullen

United States
October 1, 2013

The U.S. immigration detention system is destroying lives and American families. The conditions are often abhorrent. Medical neglect, discrimination, and solitary confinement are the rule rather than the exception. As a society that purports to value justice and human rights, Americans should be ashamed of it. It also comes at a huge financial cost—more than $2 billion in taxpayer money was spent on immigration detention last year alone.

Immigration reform is an opportunity to make policy that will end abusive detention conditions, respect human rights, and keep families together.

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