By Mark Dow
American Gulag takes us within prisons equivalent to the Krome North provider Processing heart in Miami, the Corrections company of Americas Houston Processing heart, and county jails round the nation that make the most of contracts to carry INS prisoners. It comprises traumatic in-depth profiles of detainees, together with Emmy Kutesa, a defector from the Ugandan military who was once tortured after which escaped to the USA, the place he used to be imprisoned in Queens, after which undertook a starvation strike in protest. to supply a framework for realizing tales like those, Dow offers a quick background of immigration legislation and practices within the United States—including the repercussions of September eleven and present-day guidelines. His booklet unearths that present immigration detentions are top understood now not as a well-intentioned reaction to terrorism yet particularly as a part of the bigger context of INS secrecy and over the top authority.
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What must it mean to be held in a prison for weeks or months, even for a decade or more, and to be told by the administrative agency renting bed space for you that you are not a prisoner? What does it mean for these men and women that the INS argues that immigration detention is not “punishment”? “I feel like I don’t even exist anymore,” said one detainee. ”32 In the Calcasieu Parish Jail in Lake Charles, there is a large group of Cuban INS detainees. Jail administrators there are concerned with the well-being of these men.
A rally organized by the Prison Moratorium Project, the Coalition for the Human Rights of Immigrants, and Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) had attracted an impressive number of media representatives. Naheed publicly acknowledged that her husband and her brother-in-law had overstayed their visas, but she did not understand why they were still being held after four months. “Let me know what [they] did,” she pleaded in struggling English as a young activist held a microphone to her mouth. ” New York Daily News reporter Robin Haas braved the civil rights activists to articulate the prevailing wisdom: How would Mrs.
He wore rimless glasses over his red-rimmed eyes and spoke with a slight drawl. Associated Press reporter Amy Westphal asked McCallum, if the refusal to release names was because of heightened security concerns resulting from the September 11 attacks, why did the agency refuse to release detainee names before? McCallum responded that he was unaware of anyone being interested in these names before the attacks. He added that he could not answer in any case, because he had come out of private practice to work for the attorney general just six days after the attacks.