The Los Angeles Times reported on August 21 that almost 300 women and children were recently deported from immigration detention centers at Artesia, New Mexico and Karnes, Kansas and sent back to Central American countries from which they had fled to escape from gang violence and other intolerable conditions.

See: Nearly 300 women, children, deported from immigration detention centers

Because the children were with their mothers (presumably) they were not protected by the TVPRA, referred to my other recent posts. That statute protects only unaccompanied children from summary deportation without a formal immigration court hearing.

But I have yet to find a law which permits or contemplates the inhuman conditions that both mothers and children are now facing while they are detained by ICE.

The LA Times describes these conditions as follows:

"Aside from having to contend with a few cases of chicken pox, the facility [at Artesia] and other similar centers have been plagued by other difficulties. For instance, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general report has cited various other problems - inadequate amounts of food, inconsistent temperatures and unsanitary conditions - at various immigration holding facilities for children.

Also, immigration officials have been accused of not allowing the children due process as the U.S. speeds up the processing of thousands of single parents with children who have fled Central America and entered the US."

In a previous post, I quoted an extract from the dissenting opinion of Justice Field in the US Supreme Court case of Fong Yue Ting v. US 149 U.S. 698 (1893) a barbaric relic from the days of the Chinese exclusion laws which, without too much exaggeration, could be described as bearing the same relationship to immigration law that Dred Scott v. Sandford 60 U.S. 393 (1857) has to civil rights law.

Except that the Fong case, unlike Dred Scott, is still cited as authority today to justify arbitrary actions of the federal government toward minorities in our society.

In my previous post, I cited Justice Field's dissenting statement in Fong that cruelty and inhumanity have no place in the enforcement of the laws of the United States. He was referring, of course, specifically to the immigration laws.

That statement was made more than 120 years ago. The time is long overdue to put it into practice now.