Conditions at Adelanto Detention Center, a privately operated prison currently used to detain undocumented immigrants, are said to be grim. Nine detainees, all of whom came to the U.S. seeking asylum, were so fed up that they staged a hunger strike. Guards responded with violence and pepper spray.
Many California officials have fought hard to oppose the new anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric. That power is limited, however, presenting a painful challenge to immigrants caught in the cross-hairs, and to those trying to defend them.
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Juana was on a train headed to work when she saw a Facebook post about ICE’s presence at Union Station – a stop she wasn’t headed toward but which, nevertheless, is on the same line she was riding. She avoided public transportation entirely for the next five days.
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Immigration detainee Norma Gutierrez says she wasn’t hospitalized after suffering a seizure at the Adelanto Detention Facility. Instead, she was taken in handcuffs to a cold room with a bed, a toilet and two blankets. Gutierrez says she remained alone there for four days.
For decades white nationalists were a fringe element in American politics. But now anti-immigrant extremists with ties to white supremacists hold key positions at the highest level of government.