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September 20, 2009 | Julia Zappei
A growing number of immigrants from Myanmar are ending up stuck, often for months, in crowded detention centers in Malaysia designed to hold people for only a few weeks. Almost 2,800 Myanmar citizens were detained at camps in July, more than double the 1,200 in January, partly because of a crackdown on human trafficking, a step-up in raids and a slow economy that leaves the migrants without jobs. People from Myanmar, a desperately poor country with a military junta, are now the biggest group among the 7,000 foreigners at detention centers in Malaysia.
August 15, 2009
For two years, immigration advocates petitioned the federal government to institute legally enforceable standards for the nation's 300 detention centers, where immigrants facing deportation suffer from substandard medical care and deprivations of due process -- cloaked by secrecy that shrouds much of the immigration system and the centers in particular. The George W. Bush administration, true to form, shrugged off those appeals. Then, in June, a federal judge ordered the Obama administration to respond to the petition.
July 29, 2009 | Anna Gorman
The federal government routinely failed to follow its own standards regulating immigration detention centers across the country, denying detainees sufficient recreation time and adequate access to attorneys, legal materials and telephones, according to a new report issued Tuesday. As a result of the widespread violations, hundreds of thousands of detainees faced tremendous challenges in making their case to stay in the U.S.
July 27, 2009
On the third day of his presidency, Barack Obama dramatically departed from the disastrous policies of the Bush administration by signing an order promising that the Guantanamo Bay detention center would be closed no later than Jan. 22, 2010. But procrastination from the White House is making it easier for congressional critics to frustrate a step vital to restoring American legitimacy.
May 21, 2009 | Michael Muskal
President Obama is weighing how to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba and what to do with about 240 detainees who remain. The Senate and House voted to deny funding to close the prison and objected to the inmates being transferred to U.S. soil. Here is a primer on the debate: What is the Guantanamo Bay facility and why is it important? The Guantanamo Bay detention camp, at a U.S. military base in Cuba, has been used to hold suspects that the U.S.
February 21, 2009
Re "L.A. County Probation Department suspends aggressive billing of guardians," Feb. 14 Parents of juvenile delinquents should have to pay L.A. County for housing their children at juvenile detention centers. Why should taxpayers -- many of whom have children of their own -- have to foot the bill for parents who can't control their kids? If these parents or guardians can't afford the bill, they should participate in community service with their delinquent kids and be one big, happy delinquent family.
February 3, 2009 | Anna Gorman
The federal government is looking for contractors to build a possible detention center in the Los Angeles area that would hold up to 2,200 illegal immigrants and others suspected of violating immigration laws. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice said last week that the agency was "exploring the feasibility of such a project," though she said no definitive decisions had been made.
December 10, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Inside a once-secret detention center where political dissidents were tortured and killed during Argentina's dictatorship more than 25 years ago, forensic anthropologists have discovered a pit containing 10,000 human bone fragments. The first discovery of human remains inside a detention center confirms the testimonies of hundreds of survivors who have said for years that authorities tortured, killed and burned the bodies of political opponents, the anthropologists said. The fragments were unearthed between February and September in the former detention center in La Plata known as Arana.
April 24, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Anna Gorman
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials are investigating a riot that occurred this week involving hundreds of immigration detainees at a county-run facility in Lancaster, where guards used tear gas grenades to restore order, authorities said Wednesday. The disturbance at the Mira Loma Detention Center began Tuesday morning when a fight broke out between two detainees from rival gangs, then escalated by 1:30 p.m. into a melee in the center's outdoor yard, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
March 4, 2007 | Mike Carlson, Mike Carlson served as the officer in charge of the Camp Fallouja Regional Detention Facility from March 2006 to October. He is now a graduate student in creative writing at the University of Central Florida.
[ 1 ] They're not prisoners, they're "detainees." It sounds better, as if they're merely inconvenienced rather than shoehorned into cinderblock cells, thumbing their military-issued Korans and waiting to be interrogated. One-third are innocents caught up in sweeps; one-third are jihadists who will slit your throat, and one-third are opportunists who will rat out their neighbors. You will hold them for 14 days, no more, while the interrogators try to figure out who is what.
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