With thousands of legal residents locked up indefinitely, far from home, Texas’ immigrant detention centers are boiling over.
by Melissa del Bosque
Published on: Thursday, March 18, 2010
Inside the Port Isabel Detention Center. photo by Jazmine Ulloa
On March 10, 2008, 39-year-old RamA Carty, who’d lived in the United States since he was a year old, became Alien #A30117515 in America’s booming immigrant detention system. At the time, Carty never imagined he’d be shipped to seven detention facilities around the country. or that he’d help organize hunger strikes in South Texas’ Port Isabel Detention center, 2,000 miles from his Boston home. Or that he would inspire an Amnesty International investigation into human rights abuses by the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But immigrant justice in the U.S. is full of surprises.