breakthrough beat: Mallika Dutt on immigration system- “Due process and fairness have just been flushed down the toilet”
Our Executive Director, Mallika Dutt was part of a panel on GRITtv about immigration reform and the atrocities of immigrant detention centers in the United States.
In the past few years, millions of immigrants have gone through immigrant detention centers; and all this is costing immigrants terrible hardships and the U.S. nearly $1.7 million. Within these centers are children, elderly and families (see our last post on Hutto) who are treated inhumanely and are given inadequate healthcare and food, if any. Nearly 90 people have died in detention centers across the nation over the past few years.
“We’ve got an immigration system where basic standards of due process and fairness have just been flushed down the toilet. We have a justice system that simply does not work. Families, individuals, communities and kids are being devastated by our detention systems,” Dutt says. She urges those who believe in due process to know and share that when we deny due process and human rights to some, all of our freedoms are at risk.
Other panelists include: Roberto Lovato, Associate Editor at New America Media, Ravi Ragbir, who spent two years in immigration detention and is now a member of Families for Freedom, and Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice.
Watch the panel below and let us know your thoughts:
July 15, 2009 by katherine
Tags: America's Voice, detention center, Families for Freedom, GRITtv, immigrant, immigration, immigration reform, lynn tramonte, Mallika Dutt, New America Media, ravi ragbir, roberto lavato