Immigration detention = fastest growing incarceration in US

October 5, 2011
by Will Coley, Univision

The arrest, detention and deportation of [undocumented] immigrants is higher than at any time in U.S. history with more than 2.3 million individuals deported in the last five years.  The government’s immigration enforcement efforts — detention — is now the fastest growing incarceration system in the U.S.  With illegal border crossings down significantly over the past couple of years, enforcement efforts have turned more forcefully to the interior and the communities where millions of undocumented immigrants live, once again sparking the debate over comprehensive immigration reform.

“Aqui y Ahora” Correspondent Tifani Roberts tells how Obama’s policy has separated hundreds of thousands of families and how an investigation shows the other side of deportations.

Obama’s “regrets” as US announces record deportations

by Agence France-Presse
Monday, January 31st, 2011

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EL PASO, Texas — The United States deported more illegal immigrants than ever before during the first two years of President Barack Obama’s administration, his government said Monday.

“In both fiscal years 2009 and 2010, Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed more illegal immigrants from our country than ever before, with more than 779,000 removals nationwide in the last two years,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

The Obama administration must prove it is tough on illegal immigrants and can secure the country’s porous borders if it is to stand a chance of passing a comprehensive overhaul of America’s tattered immigration system.

Napolitano announced the record figures in El Paso, Texas — the border city which is the focus of a major drive by the administration to stem the tide of illegal immigrants flowing over the border from Mexico. Continue reading