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American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons
by Mark Dow
Before September 11, 2001, few Americans had heard of immigration detention, but in fact a secret and repressive prison system run by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service has existed in this country for more than two decades. In American Gulag, prisoners, jailers, and whistle-blowing federal officials come forward to describe the frightening reality inside these ...more
Hardcover, 426 pages
Published June 14th 2004 by University of California Press
(first published 2004)
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I can't even put into words how important this book is. Immigration detention is near invisible in this country and Dow brings years and years of intimate investigation to light. Incredibly frustrating and eye-opening book that everyone should read. I can't even write a proper review. Just read it.
Tremendously sad. As a criminal defense lawyer, and as someone who advises my office on immigration consequences of criminal convictions, i am also sad to say that I have seen and dealt with similar experiences of clients, both in federal detention and in our county jail system. I have seen officers in jail, and in the court room, treat prisoners (county prisoners) like dirt beneath their feet. Of course, there are others who are decent and courteous. I have dealt with many noncitizens who have ...more
Apr 27, 2007 Jyv rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Great book, illustrating that you'd have to be really, really desperate to want to move to America to live. Asylum seekers, long-term residents and even US citizens are detained indefinitely and treated worse than animals. What they learn is that lies, vicious bullying and denial of justice is more the American way of life rather than the freedom and democracy that they were expecting.