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Forever Prisoners: How the United States Made the World's Largest Immigrant Detention System

Elliott Young

Abstract

The United States locks up more than half a million non-citizens every year for immigration-related offenses; on any given day, more than 50,000 immigrants are held in detention in hundreds of ICE detention facilities spread across the country. This book provides an explanation of how, where, and why non-citizens were put behind bars in the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present. Through select granular experiences of detention over the course of more than 140 years, this book explains how America built the world’s largest system for imprisoning immigrants. From the late ... More

Keywords: immigrant detention, indefinite detention, McNeil Island prison, Japanese-Peruvian enemy aliens, Mariel Cuban refugees, crimmigration, illegal alien, Nathan Cohen, Mayra Machado, Seiichi Higashide

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190085957
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190085957.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elliott Young, author
Professor of History, Lewis and Clark College