By Mark Dow
American Gulag takes us inside of prisons corresponding to the Krome North carrier Processing heart in Miami, the Corrections company of Americas Houston Processing middle, and county jails round the kingdom that take advantage of contracts to carry INS prisoners. It includes nerve-racking in-depth profiles of detainees, together with Emmy Kutesa, a defector from the Ugandan military who used to be 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 background of immigration legislation and practices within the United States—including the repercussions of September eleven and present-day regulations. His booklet unearths that present immigration detentions are top understood now not as a well-intentioned reaction to terrorism yet particularly as a part of the bigger context of INS secrecy and over the top authority.
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The INS cited the ACLU lawsuit concerning the detainees to explain its position, but the larger reason was the agency’s ongoing practice of keeping the detention system secretive and the detainees themselves isolated. Quarantillo’s spurious invocation of the detention standards to justify a new and arbitrary media restriction put her squarely in the INS tradition. Three decades earlier a law student who was investigating INS compliance with FOIA regulations had produced a copy of the published Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), which prompted an INS employee to ask, “ ‘Where did you get that?
The Secret Evidence Repeal Act that President Bush himself had endorsed during his campaign quickly disappeared after September 11, along with legislative eﬀorts to reform the 1996 laws. Summarizing the factors that contributed to the mistreatment of his Iraqi clients, Frenzen told me, “It’s a combination of things . . stupidity, mismanagement, incompetence, and racism . . ” One week into the second Gulf War in 2003, the Department of Homeland Security, into which the INS had been absorbed, issued a statement that Iraqi nationals in the United States would be interviewed and in some cases detained.
In 2001 the Supreme Court decided in these detainees’ favor, ruling that there is a limit on how long they can be detained. There remains no limit, however, on how long the INS/BICE can detain certain Cubans in this country. In the last chapter I return to the origins of the current era of detention and look toward an uncertain future. S. immigration detention. S. government continues to assert its authority to detain these “Mariel Cuban” men and women indeﬁnitely, since Cuba will not take them back.
American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons by Mark Dow