While the dramatic expansion of privately-run, family detention facilities has been the focus of the recent debate on the US immigrant detention system, there has been a far longer debate on the system’s overall viability. Most recently, a report by the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) and Migration and Refugee Services of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops argued that the current system should be dismantled and entirely re-conceived.
CMS convened a panel of diverse experts to discuss the future of the US immigrant detention system, ideas for and barriers to reform, the system’s growing privatization, the experience of family detention in Texas, and cross-cutting issues and lessons from the criminal justice and national security field.
Center for Migration Studies
Susan L. Burke
Attorney at Law
Author, American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons
Justice Policy Analyst and Director
Training and Legal Support Staff Attorney
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)