American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons by Mark Dow

By Mark Dow

American Gulag takes us within prisons similar to the Krome North provider Processing heart in Miami, the Corrections company of Americas Houston Processing heart, and county jails round the state that take advantage of contracts to carry INS prisoners. It includes demanding in-depth profiles of detainees, together with Emmy Kutesa, a defector from the Ugandan military who was once tortured after which escaped to the U.S., the place he was once 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 rules. His ebook unearths that present immigration detentions are most sensible understood now not as a well-intentioned reaction to terrorism yet really as a part of the bigger context of INS secrecy and over the top authority.

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The INS cited the ACLU lawsuit concerning the detainees to explain its position, but the larger reason was the agency’s ongoing practice of keeping the detention system secretive and the detainees themselves isolated. Quarantillo’s spurious invocation of the detention standards to justify a new and arbitrary media restriction put her squarely in the INS tradition. Three decades earlier a law student who was investigating INS compliance with FOIA regulations had produced a copy of the published Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), which prompted an INS employee to ask, “ ‘Where did you get that?

She added that “the speedy detention and deportation of some twelve hundred aliens suspected of terrorist ties gave the illusion of competence in . . ” Malkin is in agreement with many critics of the INS when she charges that the response to September 11 is at least in part a cover for incompetence. But her own critique of the “sob stories” depends on the attorney general’s calculated disinformation. Versions of the administration’s smoke screen bear repeating: “Each action taken by the Department of Justice .

Malkin is in agreement with many critics of the INS when she charges that the response to September 11 is at least in part a cover for incompetence. But her own critique of the “sob stories” depends on the attorney general’s calculated disinformation. Versions of the administration’s smoke screen bear repeating: “Each action taken by the Department of Justice . . is carefully drawn to target a narrow class of individuals—terrorists. Our legal powers are targeted at terrorists. Our investigation is focused on terrorists.

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