A group of more than 50 Midwest human rights organizations say human rights violations, limited legal counsel and inadequate medical care still plague immigrant detention facilities one year after President Barack Obama pledged to improve the system. In a report released Oct. 6, the coalition graded Obama’s administration below average on facility oversight, development of detention alternatives and reporting practices. “As we hear about increasing immigration enforcement, we have many clear indications that this is a system that no longer lives up to our values,” says Darcy Tromanhauser, director of Nebraska Appleseed’s Immigrant Integration and Civic Participation Program. According to the report, about 32,000 immigrants are detained each day in the U.S.


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