A large human rights group protested in South Georgia's detention center in Lumpkin, Georgia, known as Stewart detention center in support of undocumented immigrants held in that facility.
The group includes Georgia Detention Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, and sought to highlight the traumatic effects the prison is causing for immigrants' families, who may be separated for months at a time pending deportation hearings.
Court cases for inmates at Stewart are pending for 63 days on average, according to a recent study by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research organization that monitors the federal government, which is way too long. As of September 17, the center was holding 1,890 inmates.
While ICE claims that they are committed to smart and effective immigration enforcement that focuses first on convicted criminals who pose a threat to public safety, many of the Stewart detainees are non-criminals, and they are still detained in a federal prison with the general criminal population. It's really outrageous that non-criminals that have just crossed the border or overstayed their visa be detained for that long with general population prisoners.