Saturday, December 27, 2008

NY Times on Immigrant Detention

Statue_of_liberty_01 Focusing on the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Rhode Island, the New York Times looks at the immigrant detention industry and its various abuses, shortcomings, etc.  Immigrant detention has skyrocketed since Congress passed immigration reform legislation in 1996.  America's secret prisons, as portrayed vividly in the move The Visitor, have long been criticized.  So the Times story is not really "news" but remains important nonetheless.


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Most illegal immigrants hail from Mexico. The United States has the absolute right (and duty) to detain illegal immigrants (and legal immigrants who have committed crimes that render them removable). Thankfully, the economic downturn has slowed the flow of illegal immigrants. Thankfully, the IIRIRA legislation, signed into law by Democrat President William Jefferson Clinton, has greatly increased the number of legal immigrants subject to mandatory detention (sex offenders, drug users and traffickers, thieves) and eliminated most forms of relief from removal for these persons. God bless the USA!

Posted by: Peter Chan | Dec 29, 2008 4:32:46 AM

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