By Margaret ReganWhat if Donald Trump follows through on his vow to deport millions of undocumented immigrants as soon as he becomes president? Due process for the immigrants may slow him down, but he says he’s determined to get started right away with deportations of immigrants convicted of crimes. (He says the number is two to three million but others dispute that, citing a lower figure of 1.9 million.) In August 2016, in a blistering campaign speech in Phoenix, he vowed to create a “new special Deportation Task Force” to root out “criminal illegal immigrants,” but he didn’t spare immigrants not convicted of crimes.
The results of the 2016 presidential election have left many people in shock and disappointment. In a time where people are fearing that a new administration will work to reverse much of the progress made in the last eight years, we are left wondering what the future holds. How do we continue to fight against climate change, fight for reproductive rights, LGBTQ protections, and racial and economic justice?
A Q&A with Margaret ReganStarting in the 1980s, we began to have a policy of detaining immigrants. We didn’t really have detention centers ever since we shut down Ellis Island and Angel Island in the 1950s. 1980s policy changed. We were going to do detention centers. So, what do you do? You suddenly start needing prisons. You go to the private sector because they’re agile, they can do things. Corrections Corporation of America began around 1983. Their first project was an immigration detention center in Houston, Texas. And they quickly moved into the regular prison sector also. So they are a for-profit corporation.
By Margaret Regan Photo credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Department of Homeland Security) Dilley, a small Texas city eighty-three miles north of the Mexican border, greets visitors with a cheerful sign. “Welcome to Dilley, Texas,” it reads. “A Slice...
In an excerpt from 'The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands', Margaret Regan shows us the sometimes tragic and all-too-real dangers that unaccompanied minors must increasingly endure.
Margaret Regan, author of The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands, will once again appear at the Tucson Festival of Books. Her appearance at the 2010 festival was broadcast on BookTV; you can watch it on YouTube....
Read more about Margaret Regan's compelling book that addresses the human cost of U.S. immigration policy.
In a new afterword for her book The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands, Margaret Regan talks about SB 1070 and the real human crisis facing Arizona.
Margaret Regan describes the harsh realities of Independence Day on the Arizona-Mexico borderlands.
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Defending Immigrant Rights from Arizona to Manhattan.
Deaths in the harsh environment of the Arizona desert are all too common. Margaret Regan talks about a recent death and how our immigration policies put lives at risk.
Margaret Regan talks about the deaths of immigrants crossing the border into Arizona with Arizona Public Media.