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Prosecution »

[17 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Mira Jang, another Stabile Fellow from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, published an indepth story on how the U.S. immigrant court system works. Here is an excerpt:
“Once outside the courtroom, the government attorney was visibly upset, speaking quickly and sighing in between breaths. He was not surprised by the outcome, he told a reporter, given the judge’s record of approving almost every asylum case. In fact, he had predicted it, he says. [Terry] Bain’s denial rate of 9.6 percent is the lowest in the country. “I have no respect …

Detention, Enforcement »

[17 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]
Immigrant prison in Laredo set to open in October

A new 1,500 bed prison on the outskirts of Laredo, Texas will open its doors in early October amid a surge in criminal prosecutions along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to El Manana newspaper.
The nation’s second largest private prison company, Geo Group, has contracted with the U.S. Marshal’s Service to use the new prison to house immigrants convicted as part of Operation Streamline.

Local jails as far as 80 miles away have been crowded with people who crossed the border without proper documents in search of work and their families, only to …

Detention »

[9 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

Check out video/audio/transcript of Renee Feltz on Democracy Now! discussing the Business of Detention.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008: Earlier this month, a thirty-four-year-old Chinese computer engineer, Hiu Lui Ng, who overstayed his visa, died in a Rhode Island immigration detention center. He had cancer in his liver, lung and bones, and a fractured spine. Despite repeated complaints of severe pain, Mr. Ng was refused independent medical evaluation by immigration officials. Before Mr. Ng died on August 6th, he told his sister that the nurses at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Center …