Academics, Activists and Policy-makers
Edited by Michael J. Flynn and Matthew B. Flynn
Chapter 6: Turning detention centers inside out: the infiltrations of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance in sociological perspective
Since 2012 members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance have repeatedly infiltrated immigration detention centers in the United States. The chapter describes these infiltrations by undocumented immigrants and what we can learn from them. The stories, told from the perspective of the infiltrators, reveal something that non-profit organizations and activist scholars have generally been unable to illuminate, something that only the detained and liberated can show: the lived experience of detention. The authors argue that these stories demonstrate that civil disobedience, often ignored by allies and advocates of undocumented immigrants, can be an effective tool to counter growing detention and deportation systems.
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