The ACLU, the American Immigration Council and other pro-amnesty groups filed a lawsuit Friday against the federal government because they claim the Obama administration's policies are unconstitutional.
The groups filed on behalf of mothers and children deported from a detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico for policies that would ensure "rapid deportations" and create "countless hurdles" according to the ACLU for people who illegally crossed the border.
The facility itself has also had its fair share of problems.
The center houses over 500 people and has been accused of keeping unsanitary practices. This past summer, immigration officials halted all intake and removal practices because a resident was diagnosed with chicken pox.
Cecillia Wang, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said that the government's policy violates that law even though current U.S. law already allows those who crossed the border illegally asylum.:
"These mothers and their children have sought refuge in the United States after fleeing for their lives from threats of death and violence in their home countries," said Cecillia Wang, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project. "U.S. law guarantees them a fair opportunity to seek asylum. Yet, the government's policy violates that basic law and core American values - we do not send people who are seeking asylum back into harm's way. We should not sacrifice fairness for speed in life-or-death situations."
Radio host David Webb, on the other hand, criticized those who say that illegal immigrants don't have rights and says that those in detention centers have it good:
"DHS personnel are required to pick up trash from the yard, but not allowed to become physical with the detainees. A special unit must be called in if attacked," Webb said. "Full medical care is provided free of charge as well as other personal amenities for daily life."
The Department of Homeland Security under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) states that "any alien who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States...irrespective of such alien's status may apply for asylum."
The Artesia deportations violate the 5th Amendment's "due process" clause, according to the group's lawsuit.
The amnesty groups claim that the government "prejudged the claims of Central American women and children" and that deportation rates are high.
For those at facilities, 37.8 percent of illegals end up staying in the U.S., compared with the national average rate of 77 percent, the lawsuit states.
The groups are suing on behalf ten anonymous detainees-four women and three children-who came to the U.S. fleeing persecution in El Salvador and Honduras.