Student Clinicians in the Immigrant Rights Clinic interviewed detainees at the Baker County Jail as part of the Expose and Close campaign. Their research is featured in a report published as part of national campaign highlighting conditions at 10 prisons and jails throughout the nation where immigrants are housed by ICE.
In the last 15 years, there has been a dramatic expansion in the jailing of immigrants (from about 70,000 detained annually to about 400,000). Despite the fact that immigration violations are civil offenses, not criminal ones, standards of care and legal protections for individuals and families in immigration detention are often worse than for those in prison. The Expose and Close campaign demands that ICE close immigration detention centers that strip immigrants of their basic human dignity. The full report is available at: http://detentionwatchnetwork.org/sites/detentionwatchnetwork.org/files/ExposeClose/Expose-Baker11-13.pdf