Asylum Seekers and Mass Immigration Detention in the United States
Christina Elefteriades Haines
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law; University of California, Berkeley - School of Law, Center for the Study of Law and Society
September 15, 2013
In this essay, we discuss how the increasingly punitive nature of the immigration detention regime in the United States affects the lives and legal claims of asylum seekers. First, we lay out the history of immigration detention policies and practices in the United States, emphasizing how the detention regime has grown in scale and severity over the last twenty-five years. Second, we examine the implications of these policies and practices for asylum seekers. Finally, we conclude by assessing the prospects for further change in the context of current debates over comprehensive immigration reform.
Keywords: immigration, detention, asylum, refugee, United Statesworking papers series
Date posted: January 6, 2014
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