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April 15, 2019

Turning Trump's Favorite Cause Into a Big Liability
By Bill Boyarsky

Local newspapers had previously reported many of the inhumane conditions, as had immigrant rights groups. But Becerra put it together in one detailed report titled “Immigration Detention in California.” Released in February, the report provided a devastating picture of the treatment of immigrants jailed for long periods of times for minor violations. Such appalling conditions are made all the more unacceptable because the detained immigrants have not been charged, tried or convicted of a crime. A new report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University backs up Becerra’s findings. Countering Trump’s portrayal of immigrants as dangerous, TRAC noted that four in five detainees either had no criminal record or had committed minor offenses such as a traffic violation. Just one in five had been convicted of a felony.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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