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PBS Documentary Outlines Out of Control Enforcement System

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PBS' Frontline aired a shocking documentary last week entitled Lost in Detention which outlines a Secure Communities program that is sweeping up many more people than just criminals and then shows how these "collateral damage" victims end up in a detention system where rape, abuse, and suicide are commonplace. I just watched the show tonight online and highly recommend it to everyone who cares about this subject. Follow the link and you can watch the show at the PBS web site.


 


 

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    Those issues apply to non-immigration detention too. If a "reporter" focuses solely on abuses related to immigration detention, they might be pushing an anti-enforcement agenda more than detention reform. Do they simply want to prevent abuse in immigration detention (which everyone can agree with) or is there a general bias against immigration law and its enforcement? If you told Maria Hinojosa that we could keep people out of detention by shifting our enforcement strategy toward effective deterrence and away from revolving door deportation, what do you think she would say? I actually only saw a few seconds of this (when it was on TV) and the part I saw was Maria's bewilderment that immigration law is enforced at all against those in violation of immigration law alone. Thanks for the link, Greg. Which reminds me to point out that another program called Billions Behind Bars - Inside America's Prison Industry has been airing (for the last time on Oct. 30th):

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/44762286
  2. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Jack, first, your argument is akin to "my neighbor beats up his wife, too", and it obviously is a false premise. Second, being present illegally is not a crime; it's a civil violation. You are not being put in detention for parking illegally, right? What it you were put into detention and treated like that?
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    Amazing documentary, I hope the reporter sent a copy to the white house. I hope the Latino vote flexes its muscle in the coming election by not supporting the status quo. Otherwise they will continue to be taken for granted and will never be taken seriously. As the president himself said with greater numbers comes greater political power if you vote. Yes but in this election greater power may come if you actually do not vote.....for him!! Time for the dems to stop playing politics and deliver if they want the votes or for the repuks to change the tune if they want to fight for the voting block which grows every election cycle.
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