Illegal aliens detained at a federal prison in Oregon say they have been given meals that violate their religious beliefs and have endured poor conditions, according to a court filing on Friday.
William Teesdale, the chief investigator for the federal public defender’s office in Oregon, wrote in a court filing that more than 100 detainees at a federal prison in Sheridan, Ore., are subject to strip searches in front of other inmates, overcrowded cells and poor heating with little clothing to wear, AP News reports.
Some of the illegal aliens are from India, Nepal, Guatemala, Mexico and China, according to the court documents, which allege that Hindu asylum seekers were offered only beef and pork meals and were forced to attempt to subsist off scant vegetable portions.
“We are dying day by day inside here,” one of the illegal aliens said, according to Teesdale.
“In the night, it gets so cold in the cell and when l was in boxers and T-shirt, I was terribly cold,” another of the illegal aliens said in a habeas corpus filing.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told the AP that the agency has no comment on the conditions in the Sheridan facility due to pending litigation.
An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union issued a statement describing the conditions as “chaos, confusion and massive human suffering.”
One illegal alien has already attempted suicide at the facility, according to officials, and a court filing reveals that at least one other migrant at the prison is experiencing suicidal thoughts.
“I have to cry in my pillow,” one immigrant wrote in his habeas corpus brief. “I have suicidal thoughts but then I remember my family. My family is all that keeps me going.”
Sorry, but my tank of give a damn is on empty. Try going home and eating what you want, on your own dime, on your own time.
Beggars can't be choosers. pic.twitter.com/Gh6kiDIUK5
— overpasses4America (@o4america) July 22, 2018
Then fuck off, go do better someplace else.
— No One Special (@rsshelton6) July 21, 2018
— Sasquatch (@_realSasquatch) July 21, 2018
Don't come here illegally then
— Dana Gard (@DanaGardd) July 21, 2018
Stop breaking our laws. Problem solved.
— KitKatCadillac ???????? (@Kittens4milk) July 22, 2018
Try being grateful that you're even getting food ! Don't like, than get the f out of our country !
— truthseeker6767 (@truthseeker6761) July 22, 2018
Indian Hindu's don't eat beef, but they do eat pork. Indian Muslims don't eat pork, but they do eat beef. If your an "asylum seeker" the USA is not a giant hotel. Your here to save your life, & not for us to cater to your gastronomical tastes. Don't like our food, go home..
— Bob (@Bob72270) July 22, 2018
"Given" is the key word here. And crossing our border illegally "violates" our immigration laws.
— Dodie (@DodieClouse) July 21, 2018
Why didn't they think of that before they invaded the USA?
— Tim O (@weeniewawa) July 21, 2018
Word to the wise, and this goes for citizen & non-citizen alike. If you show up at my door unannounced & uninvited and I’m gracious enough to take you in & feed you, should you not care for what I’m serving for dinner it’s probably a good idea to keep that sh*t to yourself. pic.twitter.com/UTLoNAogSP
— Paul M Winters (@RealPaulWinters) July 21, 2018
They're "being given food" and they're complaining?
— Auntie Ann (@c38372346) July 21, 2018
Would it be okay if I invited myself to your dinner table, didn't like your food and told you to go make me a sammich instead? ????
— Cynthia † (@Cynthia0259) July 21, 2018
Federal Public Defender Lisa Hay warned the prison’s warden and local ICE officials that the facility continues “to fall below the minimum standards set by our government for immigration detention and, in my view, violate the Constitution by imposing punitive detention on civil detainees,” according to the AP.
The Trump administration has faced criticism for the mass detention of illegal aliens suspected of illegal entry as asylum claims and other determinations of legal status are made. The policy is part of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy for illegal entry, enacted earlier this year.
Last month, President Trump signed an executive order ending the separate detention of children and parents after facing widespread outrage over the forced separation of families.
The hilarious irony is that 97% of those demanding asylum because they are cowards will not get it.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued guidance, instructing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers to tighten up asylum requirements by only granting asylum to an illegal alien who can prove that they are the victims of government-sanctioned persecution.
The guidance comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions ruled last month that “claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not [generally] qualify for asylum.”
The guidance will help to prevent fraud by ruling out asylum for an illegal alien who claims dangerous neighborhoods and difficult circumstances, devoid of government involvement, as the sole reason for fleeing their home countries. It also says that an illegal alien who enters the U.S. to seek asylum will be more likely to have their application rejected, the Washington Times reports.
“Our laws do not offer protection against instances of violence based on personal, private conflict that is not on account of a protected ground,” USCIS spokesman Michael Bars said.
“The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes — such as domestic violence or gang violence — or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim,” Sessions said.
Administration critics say the government will be cutting of a vital lifeline to tens of thousands of illegal immigrants fleeing rough conditions back home. They point to cases of people who say family members have been killed or children forced to join gangs, or husbands who made wives fear for their lives.
Yet security analysts said that over the last decade, asylum had become too nebulous, with people winning claims based on spousal abuse or gang-infested neighborhoods.
As the standards relaxed, the number of people making claims surged. Just 1 percent arriving migrants claimed asylum at the beginning of this decade, but that rate is now 10 percent.
Statistics show only about 3 percent of those will actually win their claims.
Yet just clearing the initial hurdle — claiming “credible fear” of being sent back home — is often enough to earn migrants a foothold in the U.S., getting them released into communities, where they can quickly qualify for work permits and some taxpayer benefits.
Even after they lose their cases, few are actually deported.
Smugglers, aware of the asylum “loophole,” began coaching their illegal alien clients on the “magic words” to use to clear the credible fear threshold and gain quick entry to the U.S.
Under the new guidance, though, officers were told to reject even pre-asylum “credible fear” claims that don’t meet the higher standards. That paves the way for the government to quickly deport them.
“Few gang-based or domestic-violence claims involving particular social groups defined by the members’ vulnerability to harm may merit a grant of asylum or refugee status,” the guidance says.
The agency’s decision to restrict asylum to the internationally recognized definition of those who are unable to be returned to the home country due to a well-founded fear of (state) persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion is included in NumbersUSA’s Ten Steps to Fix the Broken Immigration System.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
July 22nd, 2018