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

By Mark Dow

American Gulag takes us within prisons comparable to 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 comprises hectic in-depth profiles of detainees, together with Emmy Kutesa, a defector from the Ugandan military who was once tortured after which escaped to the us, the place he used to be imprisoned in Queens, after which undertook a starvation strike in protest. to supply a framework for knowing tales like those, Dow supplies a short background of immigration legislation and practices within the United States—including the repercussions of September eleven and present-day regulations. His ebook finds that present immigration detentions are top understood no longer as a well-intentioned reaction to terrorism yet quite as a part of the bigger context of INS secrecy and over the top authority.

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M. breakfasts in jail made it worse. He felt harassed because INS agents kept giving him papers to sign, which they said they needed right away, but he didn’t understand what these papers were. “I need somebody speak my language. I need lawyer. ” With the help of his wife on the outside, Majid had been able to get an attorney. S. ” Jimmy had done time in jails and prisons in California, Texas, and Arizona over eleven years, and he said the Denton County Jail was the worst he had experienced. He had just seen an inmate get beaten for asking to see a sergeant after a correctional officer refused to let him use the bathroom.

More victims (an overused but unavoidable term) surface from around the world in small-town Alabama and New Hampshire jails. In the following two chapters, we meet prisoners who may not be “innocent,” yet demand our attention as they are transferred from jail to jail, repeatedly humiliated, and confronted with outright violence when they attempt to protest or simply to hold onto their legal paperwork. Again, we meet local jail workers who, like other people, are sometimes compassionate and sometimes manipulative.

After almost a year in detention, Majid agreed to return to Saudi Arabia. He was never charged 28 SEPTEMBER 11 with a crime in the United States. Lisa Schroeder Al Shihri wrote: “The wide net that the INS has cast out to cover up their inadequacies prior to 9/11 has stripped this country of the very basic principles on which it was founded. ”19 The “cookie-cutter sob stories” of September 11 detainees did generally neglect the bigger picture: INS secrecy did not begin on September 12. “The official with a secret feels powerful,” wrote Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

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