Wednesday, October 19, 2011

PBS Frontline "Lost in Detention" examines ICE, Secure Communities Program with illegal immigration; issue comes up in GOP debate firestorm

PBS Frontline on Tuesday night aired “Lost in Detention”, a one hour documentary about the continued tough policies illegal immigration practiced by the Obama administration, continuing the policies of Bush. The Obama administration says it is simply enforcing the law.

At issue is the Secure Communities Program.  People who look like possible immigrants get stopped for minor traffic violations and detained when they don’t have proper documentation. They are processed by ICE, the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.  Often, they do not have the right to due process or legal representation if they do not have documentation.

Many have been sent to detention centers, including one “tent city” on the Texas-Mexico border near Brownsville. Females have been subject to abuse.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been critical of ICE for seizing Internet domains on the pretext of being dedicated to selling counterfeit goods or services, and has opposed legislation like COICA or ProtectIP.

On Tuesday night, at the GOP candidate debates in Las Vegas, Texas Governor Rick Perry accused Mitt Romney of having hired illegal aliens, in front of Anderson Cooper. In fact, the aliens were employees of a landscaping company hired by Romney; he fired the company when he found out. 

Here is the PBS Frontline link

Here is the WETA link


Picture: Big Bend area of SW Texas, personal hike and Sierra Club trip, Nov. 1979. 

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