Ohio residents may have read recent news reports about conditions in the three family detention centers operated by federal immigration authorities. In addition to negative publicity, a number of lawsuits have been filed in federal courts alleging that detainees have been denied access to legal representation. These lawsuits and other pressures prompted a policy review by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and an Obama administration representative announced several changes on May 13.
Efforts will be made to improve living conditions at the immigration detention centers, which are located in Pennsylvania and Texas, and deterrence will no longer be considered a factor when decisions are made about whether detention is warranted. It was also announced that the cases of families who have been housed in the centers for 90 days or more will be reviewed to determine if release is appropriate.