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Humpday Hall of Shame: Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Welcome to the Humpday Hall of Shame: every Wednesday we highlight the private prison industry’s influence on public policy through campaign contributions, lobbying, and the revolving door of public and private corrections.

This week we induct Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the powerful Democratic Congresswoman from Florida and chair of the Democratic National Committee for her support of a new Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) immigrant detention center in south Florida.

Corrections Corporation of America has done their part to win Congresswoman Wasserman Shultz's support, donating $1,000 to her campaign in April of this year.  Wasserman Schultz has received at least $7,250 in private prison donations since 1998, according to data accessed at TransparancyData.org and analyzed by Grassroots Leadership.

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"A Culture of Cruelty" details rampant abuse of detained immigrants

 

No More Deaths in Arizona has released an important report detailing the horrific conditions migrants often face in detention.  A Culture of Cruelty shows rampant U.S. Border Patrol abuse of immigration detainees, deportees and migrants apprehended on the U.S.-Mexico Border.

The report chronicles more than 30,000 reported instances of abuse.  Amongst its findings:

• Border Patrol agents denied food to 2,981 people and gave insufficient food to 11,384 people. Only 20 percent of people in custody for more than two days received a meal.

• Agents denied water to 863 people and gave insufficient access to water to 1,402 additional people. Children were more likely than adults to be denied water or given insufficient water. Many of those denied water by Border Patrol were already suffering from moderate to severe dehydration at the time they were apprehended. [More after the jump] Read more about "A Culture of Cruelty" details rampant abuse of detained immigrants

Rediscovering Arizona - Abuse in Immigration Detention Centers

We have dedicated much of our blog this month to the State of Arizona and its connection to private prisons, ICE-contracted immigrant detention and policy makers tied to bad legislation.  The ACLU of Arizona, in its latest report, adds to the narrative some of the voices within this epic and historic struggle for justice.

From Victoria Lopez, ACLU of Arizona:

Earlier this summer, the ACLU of Arizona released a report documenting the cases of men and women who have suffered from abuses related to inhumane conditions and inadequate legal protections in Arizona ICE detention centers. The report, “In Their Own Words: Enduring Abuse in Arizona Immigration Detention Centers,” is based on 115 interviews with people detained in Eloy and Florence, Arizona, correspondence with detainees and their family members, and review of hundreds of government records, including more than 500 grievances.

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Humpday Hall of Shame: Arizona's Andy Biggs

Welcome to The Humpday Hall of Shame – every Wednesday we’ll be high-lighting  the private prison industry’s influence on public policy through campaign contributions, lobbying, and the revolving door of public and private corrections.

Retired attorney and veteran legislator Andy Biggs, Arizona’s Senate Majority Leader, is a powerhouse. He is Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Judiciary and Government Reform Committees, serves on the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Criminal Justice and the Joint Committee on Capital Review. Americans for Prosperity have designated Biggs as a “Champion of the Taxpayer” and the Goldwater Institute has honored him as a “Friend of Liberty.”

In 1993, Biggs won $10 million in the American Family Sweepstakes. His windfall, however, hasn’t made him sympathetic to those less fortunate. 

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Texas Groups Deliver Letter Opposing "Secure Communities" Immigration Enforcement Program to DHS Task Force

Contact:  Bob Libal, Grassroots Leadership, (512) 971-0487, blibal@grassrootsleadership.org

For Immediate Release: August 9th, 2011

Travis County Groups Deliver Letter Opposing Controversial Immigration Enforcement Program

Coalition Calls for Halt to Secure Communities Program at Dallas Task Force Hearings

Austin, Texas - A coalition of 18 Travis County civil and human rights groups today will deliver a letter to a Department of Homeland Security Task Force meeting calling for the termination of the controversial immigration enforcement program "Secure Communities."  A PDF of the letter is available here. Read more about Texas Groups Deliver Letter Opposing "Secure Communities" Immigration Enforcement Program to DHS Task Force

Judge Bernardo P. Velasco criticizes Operation Streamline, calls policy “maddening” and ineffective

Last week, the National Catholic Reporter ran an insightful and critical article on the impact of Operation Streamline (“A ‘maddening’ system, from courtrooms to shelters,” July 1st) in Tuscon, Arizona.  The article starts with a typical description of the kind of “justice” provided under Streamline: Read more about Judge Bernardo P. Velasco criticizes Operation Streamline, calls policy “maddening” and ineffective

Is Op. Streamline causing a “judicial emergency” in Arizona?

I found this article in the Arizona Daily Star (“Judge asks to delay felony trials,” January 5) to be interesting. It appears that Operation Streamline and an influx of cases in the Tuscon area generally is contributing to a crisis of sorts in the federal judicial system.  Here are the highlights: Read more about Is Op. Streamline causing a “judicial emergency” in Arizona?

Does GOP’s “pledge” include Operation Streamline funding?

Last week, the the GOP announced it’s “Pledge for America” – a campaign tool meant to hark back to the 1994 Contract for America that lead to sweeping Republican mid-term election gains.

The Washington Independent (Elise Foley, “‘Pledge to America’ Plans for Immigration” September 23, 2010) has an interesting look at what the some of the immigration implications of the “Pledge” may be, including how it could affect Operation Streamline: Read more about Does GOP’s “pledge” include Operation Streamline funding?

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