Academics, Activists and Policy-makers
Edited by Michael J. Flynn and Matthew B. Flynn
Chapter 2: Women and children first: an inside look at the challenges to reforming family detention in the United States
The US immigration system has long struggled with the practice of detaining immigrant families and many reform efforts have been thwarted repeatedly and others have fallen short of their anticipated outcomes. The chapter provides an inside look at how policymakers early in the Obama administration sought to roll back family detention and the fate of those efforts. It examines ambitious early reform efforts and subsequent challenges that spurred the administration to pursue more restrictive measures and significantly ramp up family detention. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the reasons for the rapid reversal of previous reforms and provides recommendations on how to reverse current trends. The need for renewed reform efforts is all the more acute under the Trump administration, which seeks to rapidly expand the country’s deportation system.
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