Confronted by a system that is failing, countless people are detained each day, hidden from public knowledge. Among the hundreds are not only people without papers but also legal residents, people seeking asylum, victims of human trafficking and even U.S.-born citizens who have been caught up in immigration raids.
Republicans are shouting about people from across the border only to try blocking action on health insurance and to let those profiting from the current system continue to rake it in. They’d rather keep getting huge campaign contributions from the likes of drug makers and private insurers than help us get decent health insurance.
Immigrants, even those who are here without documentation, deserve health care.
We need to speak out against the ugliness that is fueling anti-immigrant violence and taking lives.
The immigration system needs to safeguard the children in its custody.
My guests this week are Alma Deperres and Griselda Lopez, two former workers at Agriprocessors in Iowa.
Most immigrants to the United States have come to our country from agriculture-rich regions, where fresh food is the norm and local markets are essential. Their cultures traditionally rely on organic production of food. We should emulate their practices.
It’s a day of joy for immigrants who have waited many years to participate fully in the American Dream.
But it’s a day many law-abiding immigrants may never get to celebrate.
Sen. Barack Obama, for his part, has rightfully stated that raids are “terrorizing immigrant communities,” and during his convention speech remarked that no one benefits “from an immigrant mother separated from a child.” But more will need to be done to bring an end to this harmful policy.
At any given time, there are about 30,000 immigrants in detention in the United States.
And the way they are treated is a scandal.
The story of one immigrant who didn’t survive detention
Immigrants held in immigration detention facilities are not just dying because of bad management, callous guards and understaffing.