domingo, 18 de marzo de 2012


This month, the Department of Homeland Security opened the Karnes County Civil Detention Center in Texas — a state-of-the-art facility intended to symbolize the Obama administration's effort to reform a deeply troubled immigration jails system. The center, which houses only detainees with no serious criminal backgrounds, has no barbed-wire fencing. Immigrants are free to roam the facility. Those who choose to can do their own laundry.

The administration deserves praise for acting on its promise to treat immigrants as civil defendants awaiting their day in immigration court rather than as criminals serving time. Unfortunately, it hasn't moved as effectively to change the rules governing how detention centers are run. Instead, Homeland Security officials have enacted weak guidelines that look good on paper yet are rarely or inconsistently enforced.


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