The American Human rights Council (AHRC-USA) expresses its strong disappointment and dismay with the recent Supreme Court ruling granting the immigration authorities, ICE-DHS, the power to detain immigrants indefinitely. The legal status of an individual and the rights the government gives them is only part of the answer to how they can be treated. As a human being, any person, has human rights. These are the most basic of rights. Indefinite detention is a violation of the right to freedom.

This ruling is unfair and not consistent with American democratic values and respect for human rights. AHRC warns that such additional powers granted to ICE will open doors wide for injustice, selective, unchecked and unfair treatment. It is well known that the power to detain has been used not only against dangerous immigrants but against those whose only issue is a technical violation of immigration law.

Indefinite detention, if not a violation of American law, is clearly a violation of human rights.

“This is another disappointing decision from the current Supreme Court, but we can’t say we are surprised,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “We urge Congress to revisit this issue and make laws as to detention that are consistent with American democratic values and traditions,” concluded Hamad.

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