Voices from the Edge on 04/16/09
Over 440,000 people will be detained by the U.S. government this year. Women, children, the elderly, asylum seekers, torture victims and even long-time permanent residents will be detained for months - in some cases years - awaiting a determination on their status. Many of these people will be detained without a judicial hearing or access to an attorney in a nation that prides itself on the rule of law and due process.
This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Jacqueline Esposito, the policy coordinator at Detention Watch Network, about a recent "national week of action" to spotlight the need for greater accountability at the Department of Homeland Security and demand due process and fundamental human rights be respected in immigration enforcement and detention practices. Are things improving under the Obama administration? What are the chances of humane immigration reform? Join us in this important conversation about how we can ensure that those who come to our shores are treated fairly.
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