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Public Advocate de Blasio, members of NYC Congressional delegation call for investigation into immigrant abuse

Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 03:37 PM

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio joined five members of the city's Congressional delegation and Queens Councilman Daniel Dromm calling for an investigation into alleged abuses of undocumented immigrant detainees at private detention centers.

“This is not complicated: government should not do business with companies that violate basic human rights,” de Blasio said in a statement. “Officials from across the city are adding their voices to this campaign and fighting for the principle that no immigrant—regardless of legal status—should ever be put at risk of abuse.”

In the letter, the elected officials called on the Department of Justice to investigate the practices of private detention facilities it said lacked the oversight of their state run counterparts. In particular, the letter pointed to a company operating in New York City that has reportedly had major problems at other facilities it owns.

"The United States Government should not be doing business with companies that egregiously and consistently violate the most basic human rights," the letter said.

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