US Citizens Caught in Immigration Crackdown

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Since 2008, the Obama administration has deported over 1 million illegal immigrants, the highest number in six decades. However, this crackdown has not only affected illegal immigrants. A new investigation into the Secure Communities program finds that hundreds of American citizens have been detained because immigration officials thought they were illegal immigrants.

Julia Preston is national immigration correspondent for our partner The New York Times, who has been reporting on this investigation.

Antonio Montejano spent two extra nights in jail on an immigration order despite the fact that he is an American citizen.

Guests:

Antonio Montejano and Julia Preston

Produced by:

Alex Collins

Comments [2]

D.L.Mc from Staten Island

What is really tragic is that Mr. Montejano was born in this country yet has a heavy Spanish accent and difficulty communicating in English.

Dec. 15 2011 08:42 AM
Lynette Malles from St. Paul, MN

Celeste,
I'm an avid listener, grateful for your reporting on illegal detention based on false ICE fingerprint database! AND-I heard you correct yourself on a previous immigration-related interview to say "undocumented" rather than "ILLEGAL alien." But on today's broadcast you kept repeating the term "illegal." Our immigrants are earthlings. Could you practice in private enough times until you are able to overcome this habit?

Thank you,
Lynette

Dec. 15 2011 07:08 AM

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