Sara is a 26-year-old mother who fled to the U.S. to escape horrific violence. But despite having a claim to asylum, she was locked up for 15 months. ICE officials refused to release Sara on parole even after she collapsed in her cell as a result of a brain tumor.
In the face of President Trump’s aggressive immigration orders, we must fight to ensure that people with asylum claims are given a fair hearing and humane treatment. Detention should be used as a last resort.
Amnesty International opposes the detention of asylum-seekers unless they have been charged with a recognizably criminal offense, or unless the authorities can demonstrate in each individual case that the detention is necessary, that it is on grounds prescribed by law, and that it is for one of the specified reasons which international standards recognize may be legitimate grounds for detaining asylum-seekers.