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Migrating to Prison: America's Obsession With Locking Up Immigrants

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A leading scholar’s powerful, in-depth look at the imprisonment of immigrants addressing the intersection of immigration and the criminal justice system

For most of America’s history, we simply did not lock people up for migrating here. Yet over the last thirty years, the federal and state governments have increasingly tapped their powers to incarcerate people accused of
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by The New Press
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Alejandro
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**NOTE: I received ARC of this book in ebook form via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I did not receive compensation from the publisher for my review and so the opinions expressed within are of my own.**

This is an extremely fascinating and infuriating read. This book really puts into perspective the issue of immigration and how the US deals with the situation in a language that people can understand. Reading through this book, the author reveals how and why immigration
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Deborah Stevens
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a solid, accessible introduction to an important topic.

News junkies will already know much of what is found here, as there has been much recent coverage of the topic.

Even so there will be some new information for just about every reader. A key takeaway for me was how recent the whole idea of locking up unauthorized immigrants is.
Colin Hogan
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Definitely worth the read. Though I don't agree with a few points in the book, it is a must read for Americans. Especially Americans who only hear what old white men say about immigration in our country.
Marian P
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
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Migrating to Prison written by Cesar Garcia Hernandez demonstrates that the imprisoning of immigrants in the guise of “detainment” is a fairly new phenomenon. The process according to Garcia Hernandez was linked to the 1980s War on Drugs. The book is divided into three parts addressing the history of immigrants detainment, the contemporary system, and possible solutions.

The strongest part of the book is the examination of the privatization of the prison system. The extent to which “Big Money” is
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Hector
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Informative, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it compelling. I appreciate that García Hernández recognized that the problems with immigration detention are not isolated to the last three years of executive policy and that many factors have contributed to this inhumane practice. I also liked that the author gave examples of the many forms immigration takes and the reminder that immigrants are not super humans — they have the same wants, needs, and faults as any other group of people.
Isabelle N
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
An important read for everyone. This book teaches the uninformed about the immigration dilemma we are facing right now. It is dire and we need a solution fast. No one migrating to a country should be forced into a prison, just as this book makes the point of saying.

I recommend this book highly.
Jenn
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I won a copy of this book.

A very timely read for this moment in our history. It doesn't matter which side of the fence you're on, this book gives one the back story of the USA's immigration system from its early years to present day. Get a copy for all your favorite relatives this holiday season!
Daisy Dooley
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Migrating to Prison was a really fascinating account of the history of America's immigration policy, and quite an eye-opener. Whilst the immigration policy of the U.S. has become a way to 'punish, stigmatize and marginalize - all for political and financial gain, it has throughout its history, veered between a somewhat laissez faire approach, with the pendulum now firmly swinging in the punitive direction. It was in 1896 that Supreme Court Judges declared that immigration imprisonment was ...more
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Truly an excellent book. I think every America needs to read this because if you invest in a 401k or a 403b you most likely are making money off the misery of others. Also, the opportunities your familiy members had when they migrated to this country are most likely very different than what is currently happening today. This book reviews the history of our country and the racist ways we have set up the immigration system into a detention/prison industrial complex. And in many ways, that still ...more
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