There are many privately-run immigration detention centers in Florida and throughout the United States. Many immigrants say they have suffered personal rights violations after seeking an adjustment of status and then being placed in detention facilities. A 25-year-old man says the amount of food officials were providing during his detention left him suffering perpetual hunger pangs.
The young man said he fled to the United States for safety reasons. He emigrated from Honduras, where he says gang members were trying to get him to join them and that refusing recruitment would possibly lead to execution. He sought asylum in this country but found himself feeling weak and underfed in detention.
The man went to work in the prison kitchen, an opportunity he was told would help him earn income and privileges of shopping in the commissary for food and other supplies. However, he says the wages are so low that he would have to work approximately three or more days to afford one can of tuna or a bar of deodorant. Immigrant advocates have spoken against the system, stating it is merely a scheme that private detention facilities are using to keep their overhead costs low and gain more profits.
A man in another detention facility, age 67, says guards told him to clean himself with his own hands when he asked them to provide him with toilet paper. He is now a plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against the second-largest profit making detention facility in the nation. Any Florida man or woman who has sought adjustment of status and suffered personal rights violations in an immigration detention center may reach out for legal support at any time.