ICE should discontinue detaining immigrants at the corporate-run Stewart and Irwin County Detention Centers given the extent of the documented violations as well as the distance to family and communities of support.
Like thousands of other people in 2006, Jose Franco was detained by immigration authorities. Most detainees are either deported to their country of origin or released. But this case took a different route.
But this is the wrong approach. The reality is that change is hard. It comes in ebbs and flows, and some days it does seem that we are wasting our time. But we cannot forget that we have made some very important accomplishments, even if there is a long way to go.
Arizona, under the guise of establishing law and order, has made its criminal justice system even more arbitrary, chaotic, and alienating to the communities who have come to see police as the real security threat.