Lost in Detention With No End in Sight
The Immigrants’ Rights Project receives hundreds of letters each month from individuals inside immigration detention who have been locked up for years, fighting their cases to remain in the United States. Many of them are lawful permanent residents with US citizen family members and pose no threat to the community.
Excerpts from some of these letters are below.
JORGE RAMERO | Detained by Immigration for 1 year | Country of Origin: Mexico
My name is Jorge Ramero, I’ve been in El, Centro detention for a year now. We all make mistakes no ones perfect, but I think that theres a difference between those who keep on making them and those who learn from them.
SEYDON KABORE | Detained by Immigration for 17 months | Country of Origin: Burkina Faso
I have been detained for 17 months now while in custody of ICE.
ANTHONY CEDANO | Detained by Immigration for 11 months | Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
I have been here in U.S. twelve years. My whole family U.S. citizen which includes mother, father, sibling, 6 months old son, etc. I never had a bail hearing. I am not a danger to society nor a flight risk. I am permanent resident but they don’t give me bail. Altogether I have spent 11 months in ICE. See full document »
ROBERTO BLANDINO | Detained by Immigration for 2 years | Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Unlike regular county jails where you are actually paying for a criminal crime this facility treats ICE detainees (civil hold detainees) worse than if you are paying and serving time for a crime committed.
ALEX TOLENTINO | Detained by Immigration for 3 years, 6 months | Country of Origin: Philippines
Our ultimate goal is to embrace our families once again.