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Map: The U.S. Immigration Detention Boom
A visual look at the fastest-growing incarceration system in the United States, from 1981 to the present.
October 18, 2011
Roberto Suro: Obama's Immigration Conundrum
Obama is facing "quite a negative legacy on an issue that has cried out for policy-making," says Suro, a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California.
October 18, 2011
Cecilia Muñoz: "Even Broken Laws Have to be Enforced."
Muñoz has dedicated her career to immigration civil rights, both as a MacArthur fellow and as a senior vice president for the National Council of La Raza. She currently serves as President Obama's director of intergovernmental affairs, and explains the administration's current immigration policy: tough enforcement and a record number of deportations, while simultaneously trying to build bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform.
October 18, 2011
What Are Immigration Detainees' Legal Rights?
How long can immigrants be held? Who are their advocates? We asked Mark Fleming, the national litigation coordinator for the National Immigration Justice Center, for some basic information about legal rights in the immigration detention system.
October 18, 2011
Sheriff Mark Curran: Why He Changed His Mind About Secure Communities
Curran, the Republican sheriff of Lake County, Ill., was initially onboard with the Obama administrations immigration program known as Secure Communities: "When you have local, state and federal law enforcement all sharing information, all working together, ... that's when we work best." After seeing it in action, however, he's become an outspoken critic.
October 18, 2011
Why Three Governors Challenged Secure Communities
Over the past year, three Democratic state governors -- and Obama supporters -- have attempted to pull out of the administration's controversial Secure Communities program. Here's why.
October 18, 2011
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Children Of Undocumented Immigrants Rally In Washington To End Deportations
Lost in Detention
FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop investigate the Obama administration's controversial get-tough immigration policy.
October 18, 2011
Obama Official Defends Controversial Immigration Policies
Last year, the Obama administration set new records for detaining and deporting immigrants who were inside the U.S. illegally. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently indicated that the 2011 numbers will be even higher, resulting in the removal of more than 400,000 people. ...
October 14, 2011
Will Latino Voters Turn Their Back on Obama?
Tonight, President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign strategist David Axelrod will attend a $250-a-person campaign event in Phoenix, Ariz. Sen. John McCain won the state in 2008, but Latinos now make up nearly 30 percent of Arizona voters, and Democrats are optimistic that recent redistricting efforts may play out in the president's favor.
October 13, 2011