When the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. immigrantion and Customs Enforcement were confronted with allegations of inhumane conditions and due process violations in immigrant detention centers, they did what any government agency would do: They commissioned reports from independent experts.
San Diego readers may be interested in the U.S. House of Representative's Judiciary Committee hearing focusing on reforms made by the Obama administration for the benefit of immigrant detainees. Reports of injuries, deaths and sexual assault led to the administration's action, which primarily targets the treatment of immigrants facing deportation and removal proceedings. Some of the detained individuals complained of health problems that did not receive proper medical care and others were apparently victims of sexual assaults while incarcerated.
When a person is charged with a drunk driving offense, her or she faces serious penalties all the way from license suspension to possible incarceration. Those consequences can be serious enough, but they do not uproot a person from everything and everyone that they know. When a person without full U.S. Citizenship is charged with a crime, they face deportation in addition to other consequences.
Many people in the San Diego area have likely heard of the Secure Communities program. Secure Communities is a federal immigration program administered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that allows local law enforcement to use fingerprint analysis to identify illegal immigrants and check backgrounds against an FBI data base. If a fingerprint check turns up criminal history, it often leads to deportation.