"when you acknowledge as you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it,
then the purpose of striving toward perfection becomes clear; to make people happy.
that's what cooking is all about."
- Thomas Keller
“The point of immigration detention isn’t to punish people,” said Mike Corradini, PHR’s asylum advocacy associate and co-author of the report, “so the immigration detention system shouldn’t be relying on jails in the first place. But we found instances of guards throwing people in solitary for minor infractions, or because they are mentally ill, or for helping other detainees file complaints about conditions.”
The human rights groups uncovered numerous cases in which detention facilities placed mentally ill immigrants in solitary confinement rather than treating them, or separated sexual minorities against their wishes from the general inmate population. Many immigration detainees in solitary confinement had strict limits placed on such “privileges” as outdoor recreation, reading material, and even access to legal counsel. Overall, investigators found, ICE has failed to hold detention centers and jails accountable for their abusive use of solitary confinement.
“What’s even more disturbing is what we don’t know – how many immigrants are kept in solitary confinement, how long they’re held, and who they are,” said Corradini. “If Congress and ICE are going to continue using jails to hold immigrants, they need to make sure that they know what’s going on in these facilities. We can’t allow jails to throw immigrants in solitary confinement whenever they feel like it.”