CUA Law Professor Stacy Brustin had her op-ed, which shared her experience touring a prison-like immigration detention center in New Mexico, published in USA Today on May 16.
I toured an immigration detention center. The prison-like atmosphere was mind-numbing.
Immigration detention is supposed to be a temporary stop, not a prison. But what else can one call a place with razor wire covered fences, holding cells, head counts, locked dormitories, solitary confinement, limited recreation, inadequate mental health services and no-contact visits?
While visiting the New Mexico border area as volunteers with Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services of Southern New Mexico in March, a group of undergraduates, three law students, a campus minister and I toured the Otero County Processing Center. Management & Training Corp. (MTC) runs the facility for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement service.