Monday, July 14, 2014

What Are "Hieleras" Inside the Immigration "IceBox"...VIA Colorlines

Thinking of a friend who was here in the U.S. on a temporary work visa and the stories he told of U.S. employers underpaying or not paying him at all, in which he really didn't have a say because of his "Illegal" status and fear of being deported. How important it was for him to make money to take care of his family back home, whom were desolate and poor, and his mother who needed medication because she was sick.


The Obama administration has asked Congress for nearly $4 billion to deal with the influx of unaccompanied Central American children making their way into the United States. He aims to increase border enforcement, increase detention center capacity and hire immigration judges to expedite their removal. But before migrant children are placed in detention, they’re processed in holding facilities. It is here that many complain of what they call hieleras, or iceboxes—rooms so cold, they feel like they’re freezing. Customs and Border Protection denies the use of hieleras. But according to lawsuits, they’re too often the norm.

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