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American Gulag : Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons

American Gulag : Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons - 04 edition

American Gulag : Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons - 04 edition

ISBN13: 9780520901780

ISBN10: 0520901789

American Gulag : Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons by Mark Dow - ISBN 9780520901780
Edition: 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: California-Princeton Fulfillment Services
Published:
International: No
American Gulag : Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons by Mark Dow - ISBN 9780520901780

ISBN13: 9780520901780

ISBN10: 0520901789

Edition: 04
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Summary

American Gulag takes us inside prisons such as the Krome North Service Processing Center in Miami, the Corrections Corporation of America's Houston Processing Center, and county jails around the country that profit from contracts to hold INS - now Department of Homeland Security - prisoners. It contains in-depth profiles of detainees, including Emmy Kutesa, a defector from the Ugandan army who was tortured and then escaped to the United States, where he was imprisoned in Queens and then undertook a hunger strike in protest. To provide a framework for understanding stories like these, Dow gives a brief history of immigration laws and practices in the United States - including the repercussions of September 11 and present-day policies. His book reveals that current immigration detentions are best understood not as a well-intentioned response to terrorism, but rather as part of the larger context of INS secrecy and excessive authority.