By Erika Lee, Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies, IHRC Affiliate,
The public's focus on immigration for much of the past year has been on
reforming national laws targeting foreigners as they enter – or try to enter
– the United States. Little attention has been paid to how the United States
deals with immigrant detainees who are already in the United States. And
since the federal government changed its illegal immigrant policy in the
summer of 2006 from "catch-and-release" to "catch-and-remove," immigrant
detention has grown exponentially.