I have been working in immigration litigation for more than twelve years and find this article extremely misleading. There are abuses in every system, but this article fails to address the tens of thousands of aliens who are detained every year and who are treated fairly and given incredible opportunities to prove their right to remain in the United States, at the expense of the government. I worked on many detention cases with people who not only did not deserve to be in the United States but who had committed multiple crimes and were released pending the outcome of their removal proceedings. I am a regular reader of The Nation. But my years of experience tell me that your coverage lacks both true knowledge of and a balanced approach to the subject. It has cast a whole different light on your coverage of the topics where I do not have the inside track, and have to rely on your expertise. It does not inspire confidence.
Feb 9 2010 - 1:06pm