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September 17, 2020

Working for $1 a Day
By Philip Gambini

The Batavia facility is one of about 25 immigrant detention centers ICE manages. Detainees are accused of violating immigration law and held on civil, not criminal, charges. Their fate is often deportation, a decision made by a federal administrative law judge. About half the people in civil detention at the facility have no criminal history, according to records maintained by the Syracuse University’s Transactional Recordings Clearinghouse. Those in custody at Batavia are held because they await deportation or couldn’t post the bail imposed after an arraignment-like hearing. Others are asylum seekers.

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