In Florida and beyond, immigration detentions have increased substantially over the past couple of decades, from detentions of about 7,000 in 1994 to about 44,000 in 2017. Many immigrant advocates have called for U.S. immigration law reform, especially concerning the manner in which many immigrants have reportedly been treated in detention. One advocate recently stated that when an immigrant has proved that there is no flight risk and also that the individual has a place to stay while the government processes the case, there is no reason to imprison someone when no crime has been been committed.
Many of the facilities used to house immigrants who are being detained are privately run. Some are accused of extending detentions and cutting back care provisions in order to turn bigger profits. When a person is incarcerated or placed in a detention facility, certain legal protections apply.
Part of the problem prompting immigrant advocates to cry out for reform seems to be that these legal protections are being denied to many immigrants. Many complain about substandard medical care and various forms of abuse. Sadly, there have even been deaths attributed to ICE officers who denied detainees necessary medical care.
A Florida immigrant is facing U.S. immigration law problems might feel overwhelmed and unsure where to turn for support. The good news is that an experienced immigration attorney can provide guidance and help someone in detention to determine a best course of action. If there is an urgent matter concerning substandard medical care or other maltreatment, an attorney can take immediate steps to try to rectify the problem.