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The Nation: “The financial firm that cornered the market on jails”

The financial firm that cornered the market on jails

Arun Gupta, The Nation, August 1, 2016

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Numi’s highest profits may come from jailed migrants. As Paul Wright, executive director of the Human Rights Defense Center, points out, “Large numbers of [jailed] people are deported to countries where they aren’t able to use the inmate debit cards.” The balance on these uncashed cards would be absorbed by Numi and the issuing bank through maintenance fees. Continue reading The Nation: “The financial firm that cornered the market on jails”

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Al Jazeera: “For migrants in Arizona who call 911, it’s Border Patrol on the line”

For migrants in Arizona who call 911, it’s Border Patrol on the line

Puck Lo, Al Jazeera, March 25, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. — Ely Ortiz, 42, spends many of his weekends combing Arizona’s sprawling deserts on foot, searching for people whom 911 rescue workers didn’t, or won’t, look for: lost and distressed undocumented migrants making the perilous journey from Mexico into the United States. Continue reading Al Jazeera: “For migrants in Arizona who call 911, it’s Border Patrol on the line”

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Chicago Sun-Times: “Booted across the border with bogus checks”

Booted across the border with bogus checks

Marlen Garcia, Chicago Sun-Times, March 12, 2015

The first step for immigrants deported from the U.S. to Reynosa, Mexico, is to check in with Mexican authorities at the Tamaulipeco Institute for Migrants at the end of their walk on the International Bridge. Continue reading Chicago Sun-Times: “Booted across the border with bogus checks”

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Al Jazeera: “The institutional cruelty of migrant shakedowns”

The institutional cruelty of migrant shakedowns

John Washington, Al Jazeera, January 14, 2015

On Jan. 31, the U.S. Border Patrol detained a migrant named Alejandro in the Arizona desert and stripped him of his belongings: $226.24 in cash, his cellphone, his ID and his only change of clothes. After 60 days in jail, he was put on a bus headed across the border. It was 3 a.m. Continue reading Al Jazeera: “The institutional cruelty of migrant shakedowns”

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USA Today: “Report: US often keeping deportees’ money, IDs”

Report: US often keeping deportees’ money, IDs

USA Today, Bob Ortega, December 10, 2014

PHOENIX — US authorities often needlessly endanger deportees by sending them back across the border into Mexico without returning their money, IDs, cell phones, medicine and other belongings, a human-rights groups charges in a report released Wednesday. Continue reading USA Today: “Report: US often keeping deportees’ money, IDs”

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Deutsche Welle (Germany): “No More Deaths helps immigrants survive treacherous desert journey to US”

No More Deaths helps immigrants survive treacherous desert journey to US

Deutsche Welle (Germany), November 1, 2014

Somewhere on the border. For just short of an hour Dan Wilson has dragged himself and a rucksack full of supplies through the barren, scorching plain. Continue reading Deutsche Welle (Germany): “No More Deaths helps immigrants survive treacherous desert journey to US”

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The Good Fight with Ben Winkler: “The muckraker and the border patrol”

The muckraker and the border patrol

The Good Fight with Ben Winkler, April 10, 2014

Everyone working at the border crossing knew that it was happening: brutal violence and abuses by border patrol agents. Sometimes even lethally. But the US Customs and Border Protection wasn’t talking, and politicians seemed more concerned with increasing its size and military power than in holding it accountable.
Continue reading The Good Fight with Ben Winkler: “The muckraker and the border patrol”

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