Immigration, detention centers, human rights law, human rights violation, due process.


Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration


Mark Richards


This paper examines the systemic and institutional discrimination perpetuated by the United States’ immigrant detention centers. First, it discusses past and current immigration policy. Second, it compares and contrasts centers today with the Japanese American internment camps of World War II and boarding schools for indigenous children. Third, it examines human rights law and human rights violations committed by these centers. Finally, it looks at the detention centers and the immigration court system in the context of due process.