As regular readers of Scission are aware on Friday, I report on political prisoners. Today will be no different, well, a wee bit different as you will see. I report to you today the all to common story of "Pedro." Following his story is one that explains, if it needs explaining, why Pedro's case belongs here, on Friday, with all the other political prisoners held in the USA.
The first story below is from Detention Watch Network. Following that is a piece from Un Pueblo Sin Fronteras.
EMILY'S STRUGGLE: A HUSBAND AND FATHER REMOVED FROM HIS FAMILYPosted: July 13, 2010
At the beginning of October, Pedro was transferred to North Georgia Detention Center in Gainesville Georgia. I drove 5 hours there for a 1 hour visit through glass and then I drove five hours back, all in one day.
- $4.6 billion to support 20,000 Border Patrol agents and complete the first segment of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) virtual border fence.
- Includes $94 million for 300 new CBP Officers for passenger and cargo screening at ports of entry as well as expansion of pre-screening operations at foreign airports and land ports of entry.
- More than $1.6 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement programs to expeditiously identify and remove from the United States undocumented people. Included in this total is continued support for the Secure Communities program.
- $137 million for enhancements and expansion of immigration related verification programs (E-Verify) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
- In fiscal year 2011 over 396,906 people went through immigration custody and were eventually deported.
- Over 32,000 immigration detainees are in custody on any given day
- The ACLU and other national groups and reports have documented systematic cases of physical and sexual abuse and medical negligence, among other inhumane conditions, in detention centers. http://www.acluaz.org/detention-report-2011
- The immigration detention system costs taxpayers $166 per day, per detainee (that’s $60,590/year).
- Detention Beds: The FY 2012 Budget increases U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Custody Operations funding by $157.7 million to support 33,400 detention beds and remove more than 200,000 criminal aliens in FY 2012.