Some Detained Immigrants Have ‘Serious’ Mental Illnesses
As many as 1,000 undocumented immigrants detained in the U.S. have a "serious mental illness," according to attorneys filing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of detainees in California, Arizona and Washington. The lawsuit argues that the federal government has denied immigrants with mental illnesses their due process rights and violated federal anti-discrimination laws by not permitting them to have court-appointed attorneys.
- "Mentally Ill Immigrants Trapped in U.S. Detention Without Attorneys" (de Brito, California Watch, 2/17).