NY Times: Stop Illegal Alien Detention

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(NY Times) Of all the malfunctioning parts in the country’s broken-down immigration machinery, probably the most indefensible is the detention system.

This is the vast network of jails and prisons where suspected immigration violators are held while awaiting a hearing and possible deportation. Immigrant detainees are not criminal defendants or convicts serving sentences. They are locked up merely because the government wants to make sure they show up in immigration court.

That’s a pretty good reason, since roughly 30-40% of illegals never appear, and the number of no-shows increased 153% over the past four years.

Detention is intended to help enforce the law, but, in practice, the system breeds cruelty and harm, and squanders taxpayer money. It denies its victims due process of law, punishing them far beyond the scale of any offense. It shatters families and traumatizes children. As a system of mass incarceration — particularly of women and children fleeing persecution in Central America — it is immoral.

Here’s a better idea: just deport them. Also, stop them from coming across the border in the first place. Oh, wait, many of these detainees are illegals caught crossing the border illegally. Because of idiot laws made by pro-illegal supporters law enforcement can’t simply drop them off across the border. Now the NY Times wants to release even more into the U.S. Who end up being a drain on taxpayer money. Then the NY Times and Democrats demand that they be made citizens. Weird how that works, eh?

A powerful case for ending immigration detention, along with an array of alternatives, is made in a new report from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Center for Migration Studies. It traces how the system has grown immense, from housing 85,000 detainees in 1995 to more than 440,000 in 2013. There are many reasons for this growth, including state and local immigration crackdowns, federal dragnet programs like Secure Communities and the flood of money from Congress to the private prison operators that have profited so fruitfully from immigrant criminalization. The system has gotten more sprawling and scandal-prone, but reforms don’t stick. The notorious Hutto family detention center in Texas, where children went to classes in prison scrubs, stopped housing families. But the surge of families at the border seeking refuge last year created a political crisis and led the department to resurrect family detention, with new centers with thousands of prison beds for mothers and children.

What all this actually shows is that our government, along with Useful Idiots like certain Social Justice Warrior groups and the NY Times, are doing all they can to entice illegals to come to the U.S. illegally, along with overstaying their visas. But, the Times has a plan!

Ending mass detention would not mean allowing unauthorized immigrants to disappear. Supervised or conditional release, ankle bracelets and other monitoring technologies, plus community-based support with intensive case management, can work together to make the system more humane. But neither Congress nor the Homeland Security Department has embraced these approaches, which would be far cheaper than locking people up.

If they aren’t criminals, why would they still be treated as such, Senor NY Times? Of course, none of these methods will stop the majority of the illegals from disappearing into the nation. Which is exactly what the NY Times and Democrats want. Then, they push for legalization. Notice that nowhere does the Times recommend quick deportation immediately after caught.

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