Other People's Blood: U.s. Immigration Prisons In The Reagan Decade by Robert S KahnOther People's Blood: U.s. Immigration Prisons In The Reagan Decade by Robert S Kahn

Other People's Blood: U.s. Immigration Prisons In The Reagan Decade

byRobert S Kahn

Paperback | September 12, 1996

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During the 1980s hundreds of thousands of refugees fled civil wars and death squads in Central America, seeking safe haven in the United States. Instead, thousands found themselves incarcerated in immigration prisons?abused by their jailors and deprived of the most basic legal and human rights. Drawing on declassified government documents and interviews with prison officials, INS staff, and more than 3,000 Central American refugees, Robert S. Kahn reveals how the Department of Justice and its dependent agency, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, intentionally violated federal laws and regulations to deny protection to refugees from El Salvador and Guatemala who were fleeing wars financed by U.S. military aid.Kahn portrays the chilling reality of daily life in immigration prisons in Texas, Arizona, and Louisiana. Behind the razor-topped prison walls, refugees were not simply denied political asylum; they were beaten, robbed, sexually assaulted, and sometimes tortured by prison guards.Other People's Blood traces the ten-year legal struggle by volunteer prison workers and attorneys to stop the abuse of refugees and to force the Justice Department to concede in court that its treatment of immigrants had violated U.S. laws and the Geneva Convention for over a decade. Yet the case of American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh, which overturned more judicial decisions than any other case in U.S. history, is still virtually unknown in the United States, and today the debate over illegal immigration is being carried on with little awareness of the government policies that contributed so shamefully to this country's immigration problems.
Robert S. Kahn is a newspaper editor and freelance writer in California. His investigations of INS abuses in immigration prisons have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Baltimore Sun, and the National Catholic Reporter.
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Title:Other People's Blood: U.s. Immigration Prisons In The Reagan DecadeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:287 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.65 inPublished:September 12, 1996Publisher:Taylor and Francis

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ISBN - 10:0813324467

ISBN - 13:9780813324463

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For more than a decade, the debate about immigration to the United States has been framed in terms that are dishonest and willfully amnesiac. By one measure, the anit-immigration forces have already won. No politician in either party today is prepared to say a good word about immigration. Yet the recent history of immigration to the United States, and the U.S. role in it, are a blank page in our national memory.