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An action against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to compel the issuance of regulations for detention centers was recently commenced in Federal Court in Manhattan, N.Y. The Government has been charged with detaining thousands of immigrants in substandard and inconsistent living condition, with inattention to proper medical care and even abuse while the DHS decides whether to deport or release these inmates. The Administrative Procedures Act requires that U.S. Agencies such as DHS issue specific rules for detention. Homeland Security has been accused of being one of the biggest jailers in the world, yet behaving like a lawless local sheriff.Binding regulations would properly require the DHS to afford decent medical care, visitation rights, functioning telephones and reading materials. The DHS’ own Inspector General recently found that the DHS was out of compliance with proper health care afforded to detainees, inappropriate disciplinary procedures and poor access to reading and legal materials.
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