Challenging Immigration Detention
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Challenging Immigration Detention

Academics, Activists and Policy-makers

Edited by Michael J. Flynn and Matthew B. Flynn

Immigration detention is an important global phenomenon increasingly practiced by states across the world in which human rights violations are commonplace. Challenging Immigration Detention introduces readers to various disciplines that have addressed immigration detention in recent years and how these experts have sought to challenge underlying causes and justifications for detention regimes. Contributors provide an overview of the key issues addressed in their disciplines, discuss key points of contention, and seek out linkages and interactions with experts from other fields.
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Chapter 6: Turning detention centers inside out: the infiltrations of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance in sociological perspective

Claudia Muñoz and Michael P. Young


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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