César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández - MIGRATING TO PRISON

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 4:30pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77006

The Houston Chapter of the American Constitution Society and Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association will provide a wine and cheese reception before this event beginning at 4:00pm.

In MIGRATING TO PRISON: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants (The New Press; on sale Dec. 3; Hardcover; $24.99), University of Denver law professor—and the U.S.-born child of Mexican immigrants, raised in the Texas border city of McAllen, and a frequent visitor to immigration prisons—César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández takes a hard look at the immigration prison system’s origins, how it currently operates, why the system has evolved this way—and why we as a nation must change this practice and close all immigration prisons. 

García Hernández explores the emergence of immigration imprisonment in the mid-1980s, with enforcement resources deployed disproportionately against Latinos, and he looks at both the outsized presence of private prisons and how those on the political right continue, disingenuously, to link immigration prisons with national security risks and threats to the rule of law. Interspersed with powerful stories of people caught up in the immigration prison industry, MIGRATING TO PRISON is an urgent call for the abolition of immigration prisons and a radical reimagining of the United States: who belongs in the country, and on what criteria is that determination made? 

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is a professor of law at the University of Denver and an immigration lawyer. He runs the blog Crimmigration.com and regularly speaks on immigration issues. He has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, the BBC, and many other media outlets. A native of McAllen, TX, a city at the heart of the American immigration debate, he now lives in Denver. 

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ISBN: 9781620974209
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Published: New Press - December 3rd, 2019