Immigration and languages

Immigration detention centers have very limited staff and do not offer all language translations to the individuals who are being detained. According to an article published by Immigration Impact, “Many people detained by immigration enforcement do not speak English or Spanish. But the U.S. government rarely provides adequate language services—including interpreters—for those who speak indigenous language”.

This is a very significant issue because it creates a language barrier between the person who is in the detention center and the officer. It does not allow the individual to express him or herself properly and explain why they are trying to flee to the United States. DHS needs to take into consideration that many who are migrating not only speak the language, Spanish, there are many who speak dialects and are unable to communicate. It is essential DHS takes this issue into consideration the changing of demographics and provides language services for all individuals.


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