"The immigrants being held in Essex County and facing deportation tell
of being locked down in rooms while being denied medical help, of not
getting "a mere" 1,000 to 1,500 calories a day in nutrition, of trying
to sleep fully clothed in freezing spaces, of fellow detainees "who
haven’t seen the sun for over two years."
These are some of the testimonial details gathered from detainees
whose anonymous quotes lace a disturbing report released yesterday by
New York University School of Law’s immigrant-rights clinic.
The report, titled "Immigration Incarceration: The Expansion and
Failed Reform of Immigration Detention in Essex County, N.J." and done
in cooperation with New Jersey Advocates for Immigrant Detainees, will
undergird an important law school-run conference today in Newark that
focuses on the rights and treatment of the nation’s scores of imprisoned
immigrants." - Star-Ledger, Mar. 23, 2012.