Prior to the 9/11 attack, the number of immigrants entering the United States has doubled. Since 9/11, the Bush administration influenced local law enforcement departments to help federal officials to detain immigrants from leaving the United States who they might possibly return as terrorists. In addition, detainees fingerprints were entered by police “into a joint Department of Homeland Security and FBI database monitored by ICE” to reduce the amount of paperwork documenting illegal immigrant. The Obama administration has since overturned some Bush administration policies regarding detainment of immigrants without legal documents. The Obama administration will halt the abuse and let immigrants live in the country while their permanent asylum applications are being considered by an immigration judge. As a result, reforming immigration policy cannot forcibly separate family members from one another. President Obama is attempting to make it easier for people to immigrate to the United States to create more diversity and freedom in America.
“Obama Quietly Changes U.S. Immigration Policy” Edward Alden, OneWorld.net, 12/29/2009
“Detention Retention” Renee Feltz and Stokely Baksh, The American Prospect, 06/02/2009
Student Researcher: Kia Yang
Faculty Evaluator: Joel Vargas, M.S.
Faculty Instructor: Teresa B. Henning, Ph.D.
Southwest Minnesota State University