Podcast: Holding migrants in federal prisons without charges

jailAs part of the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigrants, some migrants seeking asylum in America are ending up in a federal prison in Oregon. That has resulted in lawsuits being brought on behalf of these asylum-seekers. Attorneys say the government is illegally detaining them. Hundreds are being held in prisons despite the fact that they haven’t been charged with crimes. Hear more about the issues in this podcast from NPR.

How the undocumented are treated in federal prisons

A commentary at The Marshall Project claims that undocumented immigrants in the federal prison system aren’t given the same “work and self-improvement opportunities” offered to citizens. Jacob Shuman says, “The truth is that the BOP discriminates against undocumented people by denying them access to essential drug counseling and job training in prison.” Shuman also says it’s time for the Bureau of Prisons to reform the exclusionary policies, which he calls “both ineffective and inhumane.” Read more of Shuman’s commentary here.