2021-01-27 11:43:40

Forever Prisoners: How The United States Made The World’s Largest Immigration Detention System


Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Elliott Young about how the United States developed the world's largest immigration detention system.

The Trump administration’s immigrant family separation brought to light the horrors of the U.S.’s imprisonment of immigrants. But most Americans might be unaware that immigrant detention has a long and sordid history in the United States going back as far as the late nineteenth century. Many have challenged the application of the U.S. Constitution to non-citizens, thereby greatly limiting the ability of those incarcerated to advocate for themselves and have any recourse for justice or freedom.

Elliott Young, Professor in the History Department at Lewis and Clark College. He is the author of Alien Nation: Chinese Migration in the Americas from the Coolie Era through WWII and Catarino Garza’s Revolution on the Texas-Mexico Border and co-editor of Continental Crossroads: Remapping US-Mexico Borderlands History. He is co-founder of the Tepoztlan Institute for Transnational History of the Americas. He has also provided expert witness testimony for over 200 asylum cases. His new book is called Forever Prisoners: How the United States Made the World’s Largest Immigration Detention System. 

Rising Up with Sonali is a radio and television show that brings progressive news coverage rooted in gender and racial justice to a wide audience. Rising Up With Sonali was built on the foundation of Sonali Kolhatkar's earlier show, Uprising, which became the longest-running drive-time radio show on KPFK in Los Angeles hosted by a woman. RUS airs on Free Speech TV every weekday.

Missed an episode? Check out Rising Up on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

Elliott Young Family Separation Free Speech TV Immigrant Detention Rising Up with Sonali Sonali Kolhatkar Trump administration United States

Immigration

Democracy Now!

Meet the New Yorkers Welcoming Asylum Seekers Bused to City After Hostile Reception at U.S. Border

Meet the New Yorkers Welcoming Asylum Seekers Bused to City After Hostile Reception at U.S. Border

Democracy Now!

Venezuelans Seeking Asylum Are Now Turned Away at U.S. Border as Biden Expands Trump-Era Title 42

Venezuelans Seeking Asylum Are Now Turned Away at U.S. Border as Biden Expands Trump-Era Title 42

The Randi Rhodes' Show

Ron DeSantis Flys Migrants to the Vineyard

Ron DeSantis Flys Migrants to the Vineyard

Democracy Now!

A Look Back at Historic 1970 Chicano Walkout at Robb Elementary as Uvalde Reels from School Massacre

A Look Back at Historic 1970 Chicano Walkout at Robb Elementary as Uvalde Reels from School Massacre

Related

The David Pakman Show

Mitch McConnell: Trump Unelectable Due to Nazi Meeting

Mitch McConnell: Trump Unelectable Due to Nazi Meeting

Democracy Now!

Oath Keepers Founder Guilty of Seditious Conspiracy for Plotting to Violently Overthrow U.S. Gov't

Oath Keepers Founder Guilty of Seditious Conspiracy for Plotting to Violently Overthrow U.S. Gov't

Democracy Now!

Top U.S. & World Headlines — December 1, 2022

Top U.S. & World Headlines — December 1, 2022

The David Pakman Show

Ivanka Refuses to Be Involved with Trump's 2024 Run

Ivanka Refuses to Be Involved with Trump's 2024 Run

Proud Partners