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

By Mark Dow

American Gulag takes us within prisons reminiscent of the Krome North provider Processing heart in Miami, the Corrections company of Americas Houston Processing heart, and county jails round the nation that make the most of contracts to carry INS prisoners. It includes worrying 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 knowing tales like those, Dow offers a short heritage of immigration legislation and practices within the United States—including the repercussions of September eleven and present-day regulations. His e-book finds that present immigration detentions are most sensible understood no longer 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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Woolsey agreed to help. S. government’s arbitrary treatment of people it had brought here, as well as the practical implications for future alliances. ”41 The publicity associated with Woolsey’s involvement helped to pressure the INS into concessions. S. law enforcement community’s perceptions of the Middle East. Government witnesses confused Iraq with Iran, according to Woolsey. ” In the meantime, Ali’s wife and the wives of other Iraqis labeled security risks were granted asylum even though their cases were based on their detained husbands’ applications.

Nine of them, including Diamant, were released from jail after three weeks, under orders to leave the country, and they returned to Israel. Oren Behr and Yaniv Hani were also freed, but they were ordered to remain in the United States until the government gave them permission to leave. ” Leopold filed a habeas corpus petition demanding an explanation of this order, and two days later the govern- 20 SEPTEMBER 11 ment simply dropped it, allowing Behr and Hani to go home. ”2 He would not be the only observer to draw that conclusion.

Either way, the Israelis were to be kept in jail. According to Leopold, the government said it did not have enough guards to bring the Israelis to court one day, although he notes there were enough to move his clients from the nearby Broadview Heights Municipal Jail in a Cleveland suburb to the Medina County Jail forty miles away. Elizabeth Hacker, the immigration judge who presided over the case, wrote: “Although the Service alleges that these cases are ‘special’ it has failed to present any credible evidence of the basis for this finding.

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