Something at the Texas detention facility is terribly wrong, and Tony Hefner knows it. But the guards are repeatedly instructed not to speak of anything they witness. In the Rio Grande Valley, one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the United States, good jobs are scarce and the detention facility pays the best wages for a hundred miles. The guards follow orders and keep quiet. [Read more via link above]
Statement from Bob Hildreth, steering committee chair of the National Immigrant Bond Fund.
Terry Gross of Fresh Air asks Tom Barry about public-private prisons For immigrants. Barry covers border security and immigration issues as the Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for International Policy. He has written several books, including The Great Divide and Zapata’s Revenge.
Click link above for article and here to see slide show.
Minnesota Public Radio reports on Immigrant detention growing in Minnesota and the local community’s response.
“Loren McGrail is a United Church of Christ minister and one of the lead organizers of the Interfaith Coalition on Immigration. McGrail hasn’t had any contact with the detainees inside.
Her group is negotiating with Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher to allow pastoral visits in person, not through glass or a videoconference. ICE says detainees are entitled to pastoral care. Fletcher declined to be interviewed for this story.
One practical result of these monthly vigils is to extend support to family members of detainees. As wives, sisters and children finished their 20-minute Sunday videoconference visits with family members inside, they drifted out to the small crowd in front of the jail. Soon they joined in, reading the names of detainees who died.”
Ted Conover reviews Patrick Radden Keefe’s new book “The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream”.
“… we finally have a satisfying, comprehensive account of the Golden Venture debacle and its place in the larger story of people smuggling and US immigration policy.”
On Sunday November 22nd, Jason Lydon, the Congregational Director of the Community Church of Boston, joined religious and secular supporters to stand with immigrants being targeted by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Unitarian Universalists were there in force. Read his moving blog post, ‘Keep Fighting’ and watch video from the event.
This week’s guest post on Change.org’s Immigration blog comes from Carl McGinnis, a citizen of the United States, who has seen the horrors of immigrant detention after ICE detained his legal immigrant friend.
Nina Shapiro writes in the Seattle Weekly: Imagine you, as an American citizen, were plucked from normal life and taken to a detention facility for illegal immigrants. Now, imagine that it took seven and a half months for immigration officials to figure out that—as you said all along— you were not only a citizen, but one who had honorably served in the U.S. Army.
Should there be any consequences for the officials who kept you in this Kafkaesque state? That question is at the heart of a case shortly to be heard by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. [Read the rest here.]
Video by Jennie Aleshire about Riverside Church’s Sojourners Visitation Program as well as, and most importantly, the stories and experiences of former detainees.