Immigration detention was dangerous before President Trump took office four years ago. His policies—coupled with a deadly global pandemic—have only made the situation more dire.
Immigration detention has expanded in the past decade, driven largely by large private prison companies such as CoreCivic and GEO Group. These companies’ sole motivation is to maximize their profit margins—not care for those in U.S. government custody.
For years, immigrant rights groups have documented the deplorable conditions in these facilities and advocated for better medical care. Lawyers, medical experts, and organizers have built mountains of evidence that reveal the dark reality of immigration detention, rife with coercion, physical abuse, and due process violations.
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