The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

More than 70 detainees condemn conditions in San Diego immigration facility | Nation |

SAN DIEGO — More than 70 people held at Otay Mesa Detention Center while they wait for immigration court hearings have signed a letter decrying conditions at the San Diego-area facility.

The letter, written in December, alleges that detainees have experienced medical neglect, safety issues and racism and discrimination, according to Freedom for Immigrants, the group to whom the letter was addressed. The detainees also said that their complaints were not being heard at the facility.

“I was the object of indifference and medical negligence,” one of the men wrote. “I’m experiencing very bad pain in my left ear and I don’t feel OK because of the deficient attention.”

Another detainee reported being called a “wetback” by one of the guards at the facility owned and operated by private prison company CoreCivic.


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