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Targeted: Homeland Security and the Business of Immigration

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2008

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    Deepa Fernandes' book, Targeted, is only six chapters long, but each one is crucial to understanding what's really happening in our 'broken' immigration system. It's worse than broken. It's cruel. Having helped several asylum-seekers and other immigrants for the past nine years, I know too well the painful realities she describes in her first four chapters - realities most Americans know nothing about. For this reason alone, I hope Targeted is read by many. Deepa brings us face to face with people whose rights are being ignored and trampled by a string of cruel laws rushed through Congress, as well as an enforcement mechanism that routinely ignores due process. Until Americans see what our government is actually doing, we will not have genuine reform. What most opened my eyes were Deepa's last two chapters. In chapter five, she exposes the unprecedented expansion and privatization of our already vast detention system - currently housing 33,000 immigrant detainees on any given day at $97 per person, per day. She also shines a light on what she aptly calls the 'immigration industrial complex,' those benefiting from this spending binge. In the final chapter, we learn the names of people and hate groups working behind the scenes to manipulate our current immigration debate. We see how they've skillfully gotten their nativist agenda legitimized as part of the mainstream debate. We watch how they managed to get unfair laws passed by an inattentive Congress. I strongly recommend Targeted to anyone daring to take a deeper look at what's really going on beneath the current rhetoric. Thank you Deepa, for your courageous and thorough coverage of an immigration system urgently in need of real reform.

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