The Human Cost of IIRIRA — Stories From Individuals Impacted by the Immigration Detention System

Author
Saba Ahmed, Adina Appelbaum, Rachel Jordan
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Journal on Migration and Human Security
Volume
5
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Institution
Center for Migration Studies of New York
Abstract
The 1996 passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) has had a devastating impact on immigrants who are detained, indigent, and forced to face deportation proceedings without representation (pro se). In the past 20 years, immigration detention has grown exponentially and a criminal–immigration detention– deportation pipeline has developed as a central function of the immigration system. Despite the growing specter of the “criminal alien” in the American psyche, there is little public knowledge or scrutiny of the vast immigration detention and deportation machine. Enforcement of IIRIRA has effectively erased human stories and narrowed immigration debates to numbers and statistics.
Topic
Foreign Policy, Immigration
Political Geography
America