It has been reported that it took inquiries from 30 members of Congress for the Obama administration to be shamed into acknowledging reports of sexual abuse of immigrant detainees.
The administration's response: they are going to launch an investigation.
With all due respect, there has already been an investigation that found more than 170 allegations of sexual abuse of immigrant detainees, the majority occurring in the three years since Obama took office.
We are clearly beyond the "investigation" stage. Maybe it is time for someone in the Obama administration to actually fix the problem.
While we're at it, whatever happened to the administration's ambitious plan to fix the immigration detention system. It has been over two-years since the promise was made to "clean up a system notorious for shabby and abusive conditions, poor or nonexistent medical treatment and a trail of preventable injuries and deaths." President Obama must be saving this promise for his second term.
In related news, the administration is also trying to decide whether to provide protection for immigrant detainees through inclusion in pending prison rape prevention regulations. Shockingly, sources from within the administration report that here has actually been a "contentious" debate over whether to provide protection for immigrant detainees from rape.
Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).