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Opportunity to Fix Shameful Detention System

From Alternet:

Members of the U.S. Congress have a significant opportunity to restore decency and end the human rights violations inside immigrant detention centers in the United States by supporting the Secure and Safe Detention and Asylum Act, S. 3114, reintroduced today by Senators Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska.

The National Immigrant Justice Center has joined a broad coalition of 54 faith-based, human rights, and community organizations in a letter of support.

In the past month, several media outlets have detailed the dismal state of the immigrant detention system in the United States. From government documents and interviews with former detainees and their families, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and 60 Minutes have reported stories of medical neglect, unreported deaths and suicides, forced sedation of detainees by immigration officers, and a severe lack of resources for doctors and nurses working inside immigrant detention facilities

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