Recently, the Biden Administration has come under fire for controversy regarding their subjection of women to unwanted medical procedures in two detention facilities that the administration used to house immigrants in Georgia and Massachusetts.
Following such claims, the Department of Homeland Security, on behalf of the Biden Administration, noted that they would be terminating their contracts with the state governmental agencies that run the facilities. However, they also noted that any detainees would be transferred to a different facility. Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas commented, saying, “Allow me to state one foundational principle. We will not tolerate the mistreatment of individuals in civil immigration detention or substandard conditions of detention.”
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Mayorkas said ending the use of the facilities is part of an effort to make “lasting improvements” to a detention system that advocates have long argued detains people for civil immigration offenses for too long and in inappropriately harsh conditions. Mayorkas has led an effort to soften some immigration policies but has insisted that noncitizens who pose a threat to the public and have committed serious crimes should be detained pending their removal from the country.
ARTICLE: CARSON WOLF
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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