Carlos Garcia: The Criminalization of Immigration by DetentionWatch published on 2011/05/16 23:48:05 +0000 Carlos Garcia, of Puente, made this presentation during a workshop that was held at Detention Watch Network's 2011 national member conference in Austin, TX. Detention and criminalization are central tools to our government's immigration enforcement model. We will explore how detention is used as a coercive force from a person directly impacted by the immigration detention system. We will study how states and localities have been leveraging the federal immigration system in an effort to criminalize immigrants, from SB-1070 style laws to state and federal charges of identity fraud, to expand the scope of detention and criminalization and to achieve "attrition through enforcement." We will learn about the only non-border Operation Streamline program-located right here in Austin-and how it is making a "criminal" of all non citizens with prior removal orders in Austin, and padding the federal government's "criminal alien" statistics at the same time. And we will examine the Barrio Defense Committee model of protecting targeted communities in Arizona.