Ilia’s Story: Former detainee describes ICE facilities as jails

“It’s a jail. We play with the names, but it’s a jail.”

As a Christian in Iran, Ilia (whose name has been changed to protect his identity) experienced political and religious persecution. He sought asylum in the US. Rather than receive protection, he was detained in an ICE facility. “It’s a jail. We play with the names, but it’s a jail,” he says.

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