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By Mark Dow

American Gulag takes us within prisons akin to the Krome North carrier 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 includes aggravating 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 was once imprisoned in Queens, after which undertook a starvation strike in protest. to supply a framework for figuring out tales like those, Dow supplies a short historical past of immigration legislation and practices within the United States—including the repercussions of September eleven and present-day rules. His e-book unearths that present immigration detentions are most sensible 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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Gill said that “the only place to properly pose” questions was to the district director or to INS Headquarters. “You can’t go to another INS source,” he said. ” When I asked which standard he was referring to, Gill decided that our conversation was over. From now on, he said, my requests for visits with detainees in the Newark District, by order of the district director, would be permitted only when an INS public affairs official was available to accompany me to the jail (though the official would not be present during the actual interviews).

3 Meanwhile, family members as well as the media were barred from special interest cases, even as the term went undefined. Attorneys Bennet D. Zurofsky and Regis Fernandez represented Malek Zeidan, a Syrian who spent forty days in the Hudson County Jail in Kearny, New Jersey. The Justice Department designated Zeidan “special interest” and on that basis closed his hearing too. Zurofsky told me that the Justice Department “never put any justification of ‘special interest’ in writing or otherwise explained it” with respect to his client.

The apparent purpose of the conference was to consider a post–Saddam Hussein Iraq, but Hakki had a distinct if related agenda. She was trying to free two of her sons from INS detention. ” Two of Hakki’s sons were among them: thirty-seven-year-old Dr. 38 Ali’s wife and two young children left with him. In Guam the evacuees were interviewed by the FBI. When they were permitted to enter the United States, Ali and his brother, along with about twenty others, were detained because of allegations that they were security threats.

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