Your editorial (June 10), "Trouble at El Centro," on the El Centro detention facility seriously mischaracterizes the issues and reflects what appears to be a bias against the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the immigration laws in general.
You state, as fact, that, "Once the strike had started, officials first isolated the handful of inmates who were suspected of being strike leaders, then began transferring them to other immigration facilities without informing their attorneys or relatives that they had been moved." These things did not happen, and are precisely the matters that the plaintiffs failed to prove to U.S. Distrtict Judge David V. Kenyon.
It is because they failed to prove these matters that the judge did not grant the temporary restraining order they had sought. The evidence in court demonstrated that only two inmates were transferred to other INS facilities during he week of the strike. The evidence further demonstrated that those inmates were transferred to San Francisco and Los Angeles because they had hearings scheduled at those locations.
Both aliens are Iranian nationals who, to our knowledge, did not participate in the strike. Your statements could not have been more wrong, and could have been easily checked by reference to the official court record.