Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Jailing Immigrants Indefinitely an Assault on Due Process: Bruce Einhorn

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"Americans would be surprised to learn that thousands of the prisoners in our massive system are immigration detainees, wasting away in jail while awaiting their deportation hearings.  In many cases, immigrants in detention cannot be deported from the U.S because we lack diplomatic relations with their home country (as with Cuba) or because of long delays in travel document processing.  With immigration reform a real possibility, one would think that everyone would be on board with decreasing, not maintaining or even increasing, the number of such detainees in federal immigration custody, especially those with no violent criminal record.  Guess again.  A pending amendment to the immigration reform bill, Amendment 1203, proposed by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), would radically expand our immigration prison system.  Inhofe’s proposal would authorize the indefinite-or potentially lifelong-detention of thousands of immigrants who cannot be deported because