Kaylette Clark


I. Introduction

Manuel Amaya Portillo is a 23-year-old asylum seeker from Honduras who is detained at LaSalle Detention Center in Louisiana. Amaya Portillo has neurological issues, heart issues, and a physical deformity. While detained, Amaya Portillo has not received the accommodations he needs, such as a wheelchair and accessible housing. On January 8, 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requesting that Amaya Portillo’s request for humanitarian parole be granted in light of his disabilities. Even with access to a wheelchair, Amaya Portillo will continue to face challenges while detained, including difficulties using the toilet, bathing, and accessing bunkbeds. The ACLU is not confident that the detention facility can meet Amaya Portillo’s medical needs.