Friday, February 6, 2015

Live From Denver: The Intersection of Criminal and Immigration Enforcement

LtoR: Kalhan, Meyer, Oretega, Wishnie

This morning, we heard from four great speakers about enforcement mechanisms.

  • Anil Kalhan spoke on "bed mandates" (the ICE guarantee to pay for 34,000 civil immigration detainees daily) and the entrenchment of detention. Check out his Rethinking Immigration Detention.
  • Mike Wishnie spoke about his great work at Yale with students on behalf of immigrants - from challenging street raids to litigating against detention to getting municipal IDs to petitioning pardon boards.
  • Hans Meyer, a local Denver attorney, spoke about community organizing and attacking the "deportation pipeline."
  • Debbie Ortega (DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship) relayed stories collected from interviews with migrants affected by the criminal justice system. (My tears have cleared enough for me to write this post). Keep an eye out for her stories, they're going to be an invaluable teaching tool.


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