Saturday, September 28, 2013
Here is an article on immigrant detention (Detained in Obscurity) in the NACLA Report on the Americas by Professor David Manuel Hernández (Mount Holyoke College). Download Detained in Obscurity NACLA. The article concludes:
"Obscurity is a deliberate strategy of the detention regime , often with grave results for detainees. The system naturalizes productive tool of enforcement that is elastic, ready to be re-tooled, rearticulated, and re-deployed for new migrant streams. criminality in a system that is technically noncriminal, and thus inoculates the detention regime from parallel critiques of the criminal justice system. Ultimately obscurity, ambiguity, and remoteness make detention a robust and flexible enforcement power controlling immigrants entering or already within the United States. This flexibility permits collusion with other government and corporate agendas, such as managing labor, fighting crime and terrorism, and producing political currency for politicians.
Despite the staggering growth and efficiency of Obama's detention and deponation machine, detainees remain jailed in obscurity, and are popularly described as nameless, faceless "illegals." The increasing size of the detention regime grows bureaucracies , creates profits and revenues for surrogate jailers, and legitimizes the security state. Because detention draws suppon from politicians on both sides of aisle , it's a productive tool of enforcement that is elastic, ready to be re-tooled, rearticulated, and re-deployed for new migrant streams."