"These reports of bad conditions are vague and unsubstantiated. The amount of time and resources being spent to assure that these prisoners are humanely treated is significant.The NGOs making these charges are highly political groups that, like our political parties, are prone to making stuff up. They get away with it because they know the mainstrean media will print their claims without fact checking it. Nobody is being tortured. They are well-fed, properly clothed and sheltered. They have appropriate medical care. Keep in mind that there have been almost 400,000 detainees/deportees every year for the last three years. Something bad is going to happen to a few of them. But in comparison to the volume it is very few. Care is being taken. Also keep in mind that these are not just illegal immigrants. They are illegal immigrants who have been convicted of criminal offenses. That doesn't justify inhumane treatment, it just indicates how perceptions have been manipulated by the NGOs involved. Bottom line: a lot of very good people are trying very hard to do the right thing."
From the comments. "Unsubstantiated" and "allegation" come up pretty often.
"anonymous allegations that cannot be investigated or substantiated, and many secondhand sources and anecdotes"
Also, "we" are detaining them because they are illegal, the "alleged" rape and torture is what they are doing to each other.
Out of 400,000 people, 4,000 a year will die of various causes both natural and unnatural if you assume a rather low one percent a year mortality, that's not neglect, that's biology and fate.
So, you feel that rape and torture are reasonable punishments for someone entering the country illegally?
Well lets be fair here, it's not the prison guards or any organized government agency that's doing the raping and torturing. It's there fellow inmates. And since immigration jail is just a holding place for a couple of months until the government can determine if you have legal status to stay in this country or not, there must be quite a few illegal immigrates that rape and torture just for fun. After all if it was only the ABC gang was was doing all this crap, in a couple months the ABC gang would be deported and the immigration jail would be a happy, happy place until you get deported.
Therefore there a continuous stream of sick assholes entering the jail to make this an ongoing problem. And guess what if they are in the jail, they must be in society OUTSIDE the jails too.
And it IS a deterrent of sorts. Not for hard core or other career criminals but for law abiding folks who otherwise might be tempted to engage in a crime. For them, the perceived probability of getting raped in prison pretty much squelches those impulses.
These are immigration detention centers. Their only "crime" is being here in this country.