Friday, July 4, 2008

American Immigration Lawyers Association on Alternatives to Detention

In a recent position paper, AILA advocates that DHS implement community-based, non-restrictive alternatives to detention for asylum-seekers, families, and vulnerable populations.  This does not include electronic monitoring systems, such as ankle bracelets, that severely restrict personal mobility.  Instead, AILA recommends that existing non-governmental organizations provide legal education and immigration services.  These non-restrictive alternatives, combined with education and community resources, are effectively decrease flight risk and are far less costly than detention in prison-like, restrictive settings.  For more details, read the paper here.