The U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit issued a landmark ruling that curtails one of the most draconian features of our immigration lock-up system: the government's practice of putting immigration detainees behind bars for months, without ever holding a bond hearing.
Sometimes in order to protect a nation, we must all learn to give a little. Let's stop the vigilante nonsense on the border and support, by giving a little more respect, to our law enforcement who attempt to detect and detain those who wish us harm.
The reality is that this is the right time to be questioning how we will pay for maintaining over 34,000 immigration detention beds at an average cost of $164 per night during a fiscal crisis, which is threatening to shut down critical components of Defense and Homeland Security.
Detention reform would be cost-effective, but more importantly it would reduce the vulnerability of men and women who are cut off, alone, and exposed to perhaps the most historically troubled feature of our nation's immigration regime.