Lost in Detention Link; Failed Secure Communities Program; Encarnación Bail’s story; No Más Muertes report on border abuse…
A good article on secure communities:
- Repeal all laws mandating the detention of non-citizens
- Put an end to all policies and programs that use the criminal justice system to target people for detention and deportation
- Bring the U.S. into compliance with its obligations under international human rights law, which prohibits arbitrary detention.
Did you watch Frontline,LOST IN DETENTION?
We discovered a fascinating thing while reporting this story.
The American political debate in English-language media is dominated by jobs, health care, the deficit, two wars.
But in Spanish-language media, it’s dominated by terms and controversies completely off of the mainstream radar: the Willacy Detention Center, the Secure Communities policy, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
As USC Professor Roberto Suro explained to us, 10 million Latino voters are focused on issues “largely invisible to most voters”:
“… [S]tories of the kids who get out of school and there’s nobody to pick them up because their parents got hauled off in the middle of the day; the fathers who are gone; the people who end up in a detention system and nobody knows where they are for three months until they can track them down in some rental jail somewhere in the high desert.
“These stories are there in front of Latino voters who get their news in Spanish every day, and they become a very vivid part of what the Obama administration is about.”
WATCH IT: http://video.pbs.org/video/2155873891
Shadow Report http://altopolimigra.com/s-comm-shadow-report/
NDLON and a National Community Advisory Commission published “RESTORING COMMUNITY: A National Community Advisory Report on ICE’s Failed “Secure Communities” Program,” an authoritative report on the failed Secure Communities program. Download available here or it can be read online below.
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Encarnación Bail: Story in Riverfront Times: It’s about a Guatemalan immigrant in Carthage, Missouri whose child was taken away from her while she was being detained on immigration charges. Her case recently scaled all the way up to the Supreme Court and was recently punted down to the trial level for a new hearing. Now, people are saying that after four years with the adoptive parents, perhaps he belongs in Middle-class America, not rural Guatemala.
a hopeful video clip: