Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire

Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire

by Margaret Regan


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Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire by Margaret Regan

An intimate look at the people ensnared by the US detention and deportation system, the largest in the world
On a bright Phoenix morning, Elena Santiago opened her door to find her house surrounded by a platoon of federal immigration agents. Her children screamed as the officers handcuffed her and drove her away. Within hours, she was deported to the rough border town of Nogales, Sonora, with nothing but the clothes on her back. Her two-year-old daughter and fifteen-year-old son, both American citizens, were taken by the state of Arizona and consigned to foster care. Their mother’s only offense: living undocumented in the United States.

Immigrants like Elena, who’ve lived in the United States for years, are being detained and deported at unprecedented rates. Thousands languish in detention centers—often torn from their families—for months or even years. Deportees are returned to violent Central American nations or unceremoniously dropped off in dangerous Mexican border towns. Despite the dangers of the desert crossing, many immigrants will slip across the border again, stopping at nothing to get home to their children.

Drawing on years of reporting in the Arizona-Mexico borderlands, journalist Margaret Regan tells their poignant stories. Inside the massive Eloy Detention Center, a for-profit private prison in Arizona, she meets detainee Yolanda Fontes, a mother separated from her three small children. In a Nogales soup kitchen, deportee Gustavo Sanchez, a young father who’d lived in Phoenix since the age of eight, agonizes about the risks of the journey back.

Regan demonstrates how increasingly draconian detention and deportation policies have broadened police powers, while enriching a private prison industry whose profits are derived from human suffering. She also documents the rise of resistance, profiling activists and young immigrant “Dreamers” who are fighting for the rights of the undocumented.

Compelling and heart-wrenching, Detained and Deported offers a rare glimpse into the lives of people ensnared in America’s immigration dragnet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807079836
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 512,402
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Margaret Regan is the author of the award-winning book The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands (Beacon Press), a 2010 Southwest Book of the Year and a Common Read for the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. An editor and writer at the Tucson Weekly, Regan has won many regional and national prizes for her immigration reporting, including the 2013 Al Filipov Peace and Justice Award. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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Table of Contents


Part One: Detention
Chapter One Yolanda in Limbo 
Chapter Two Suicide
Chapter Three Purgatorio Arpaio 
Chapter Four A Tale of Two Towns 
Chapter Five Greyhound 

Part Two: Deportation
Chapter Six Woman Without a Country 
Chapter Seven In the City of the Deported 
Chapter Eight Albergue Evening 

Part Three: Resistance
Chapter Nine Showdown on Tenth Avenue 
Chapter Ten Streamline 
Chapter Eleven Dreaming 


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Detained and Deported, Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire, Margaret Regan While reading this quick-paced, information packed book, I kept thinking “what a great story” as Regan laid out one fascinating character after another, walked me through streets that I’d never venture on my own and informing me of near medieval punishments that the U.S. allows to perpetrate policies to “protect” the American way of life. Then I realized… these aren’t stories. These are people! Individuals caught up in the harrowing trap of trying to better their lives, escape unimaginable circumstances and just attempting to be families. After reading this book, I realized this is a problem that needs to be addressed yesterday! This book contains many different voices that flow together to allow the reader to understand the situation from a different perspective. The haves against the have nots. The unnecessary barbarism inflicted on men, women and children that get caught up in the continuing struggle of life in the U.S.A. A must-read for all Americans whose ancestors were riding the waves of migration back when it was a free for all.