Helping Miami Immigration Detainees
Three Miami immigration detainees have reported retaliation from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after they spoke with members of the media about unsafe and unsanitary conditions inside the Glades County Detention Center. The report was filed with the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, and cites a number of retaliatory acts allegedly committed by jail employees against the individuals in the detention center.
Punished for Reporting the Facts
According to details of the complaint, one detainee with asthma was pepper-sprayed and prevented from using video communication to speak with his spouse. Another detainee reported being pepper-sprayed after asking for a drink of water. The dorm in which the latter detainee was being held was left without any access to drinking water during that evening and for the morning following the incident. All three of the Miami immigration detainees mentioned in the report indicated that they were being harassed by the staff after their reports of the conditions inside the jail.
Increased Issues During COVID-19 Outbreak
The Glades County Detention Center is administered by the Glades County Sheriff’s Office and houses about 700 inmates annually. The facility ranks in the top 10 detention centers in the United States in the number of COVID-19 cases reported among detainees. The complaint also includes information on the lack of precautions taken to prevent the spread of the virus among Miami immigration detainees.
Finding the Right Legal Help
For those with family members who are currently being detained in an immigration facility, working with a Miami immigration lawyer is often the best strategy for protecting their rights in these environments. Your attorney can represent your interests both in and out of immigration court and can provide you with the help you need to resolve visa issues quickly. This can help you avoid issues with ICE and other federal immigration authorities now and in the future.
If you or your family are seeking the help of a qualified Miami immigration lawyer, Pozo Goldstein offers support and representation for visa issues, citizenship applications and many other immigration processes. We work with you and your family to determine the most effective way to ensure that you can live, work and study in the United States. Give our team a call today at 305-856-0400 to schedule a free initial consultation with our team. We want to help you protect your American dream.