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What explains the growth of immigration detention centers?



On today's Your Call, we'll have a conversation about the explosion of people being held in facilities due to their pending legal status. Over 33,000 immigrants are detained daily in over 250 facilities across the country. This lock-up system costs $2 billion a year. What are the conditions in these facilities and who’s running them? Who is being detained? And how will the immigration bill affect mass detention? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Catalina Nieto, Field Director with the Detention Watch Network. Detention Watch is currently the only national network that focuses exclusively on working to expose and challenge the injustices of the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system.  She joins us from Atlanta, Georgia.

Ravi Ragbir is an organizer with the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, an interfaith network of organized communities resisting deportation and detention. In addition to being an immigration rights activist, husband, and father, Ravi is also an immigrant at risk of facing deportation. He joins us from New York City.

Web Resources:
NYT - Immigrant Detainees and the Right to Counsel 
Detention Watch Network - Influence of the Private Prison Industry on Immigration Detention
Dignity Not Detention Campaign 
New Sanctuary Coalition 
Think Progress - At California Detention Center, Immigrants Must Pay $20 for 5-Minute Phone Call