Most Americans think refugees and foreign nationals seeking asylum in America get the red carpet treatment. Well, in a lot of cases, that couldn’t be further than the truth. Because instead of walking on a red carpet a lot of times asylum seekers find themselves staring at red lines on the floor of privately run prison facilities that detain immigrants while the system processes them into society, and in some cases that process can take months of waiting in a cold, heartless jail.
“It’s a nightmare inside,” said 35-year-old, Pakistan-born refugee Daniel Usman, who holds a college degree in electronics. “They treated us unjustly.”1
A new proposal put forward by Sen Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and a group of immigration advocates calls for new standards and restrictions for immigration detention facilities in California. The proposal would allow for immigrant detainees to file civil action against private and government run detention facilities, if their rights are violated.