WASHINGTON, April 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Comisión Nacional de Derechos Civiles) will hold a public comment session on the condition of immigration detention centers and status of treatment of immigrants in detention, including children. (Para ver informacíon en español, consulte aquí.)
The Commission's 2015 report, With Liberty and Justice for All: The State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities, addressed the status of detained undocumented immigration children. In July 2018, the Commission voted to reopen its investigation on the conditions of immigration detention, and appointed a Subcommittee to examine the issue further. We seek to hear from members of the public, including advocates, legal experts, affected persons, and other individuals who wish to speak on the issue. The agenda and logistical details may be viewed here.
The Commission has previously assessed the civil rights of immigrants, including issuing statements and correspondence with government officials. Prior Commission positions, by majority vote, include disapproving of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions at local courthouses, encouraging greater oversight in light of alleged abusive practices at detention facilities, and condemning the announcement of imposition of quotas on immigrant court judges.
The Commission is specifically seeking public comment on the changes in policy, procedures, treatment and impact of the detention and separation of immigrant families detained at the southern border by the current Administration.
Friday, April 12, 2019
10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, National Place Building, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20425 (Entrance on F St. NW)
Call-in (listen-only): 800-682-0995, Conference ID 1023168
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, established by the Civil Rights Act of 1957, is the only independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights and reporting annually on federal civil rights enforcement. Our 51 state Advisory Committees offer a broad perspective on civil rights concerns at state and local levels. For information about the Commission, please visit www.usccr.gov and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Contact: Brian Walch
SOURCE U.S. Commission on Civil Rights