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  • Deported: Until we meet again

    For many Ohio jails and retention offices, illegal immigrants can mean big bucks. Contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement could allow some sheriff departments to create revenue by keeping immigrants who are waiting to be deported. Many deportees who are eventually deported say they will come back to the U.S.
  • "Deporting Justice"

    In an ongoing television series, WFAA-TV reveals that thousands of felons accused of murder, rape and assault are often deported instead of standing trial. In Dallas, many of the accused felons are Mexican citizens who, instead of facing criminal trial in the states, are put on a bus and shuttled back to Mexico where they are set free. Deporting the accused felons also decreases the chance of "jail overcrowding."
  • Careless Detention

    Four-part series on the medical treatment of immigrant detainees in the United States. Goldstein and Priest exposed the shoddy, unethical and, at times, fatal treatment of immigrants during their detentions and as they were being deported to their native countries. Their stories led readers deep inside America's network of immigration prisons--a world that had grown exponentially in the years since 9/11, yet remained largely unknown and hidden from view. Their stories documented the deaths of 83 detainees. And in one of the most stunning revelation, Goldstein and Priest disclosed the previously unreported scope of a practice of forcible sedation of immigrants with dangerous psychotropic drugs during deportation to their native countries; they found more than 250 instances in which the drugs were used on people with no history of psychiatric problems. Their stories also revealed that the most prevalent cause of death among the immigrant detainees is suicide, including the hangings of detainees known to be in such fragile mental health that they had been assigned suicide watchers. They profiled the slipshod treatment of an ailing Korean immigrant, a legal U.S. resident for three decades detained in a rail in the Arizona desert, with a history of recurrent cancer. And they documented the flawed medical practices, bureaucratic ineptitude, sloppy record-keeping and staff shortages that cause detainees who are sick to suffer and sometimes to die.
  • Sealed Records

    KLAS investigated Arash Hashemi, who was accused of torturing and almost killing his girlfriend's young daughter, and found that all his criminal cases were sealed.
  • The Border Within

    An investigation by the Rocky Mountain News found that "many criminal immigrants who are supposed to be deported are not removed from the country because of a lack of manpower and detention space and because of a lack of communication among federal, state and local officials." The newspaper also reported that "many of these criminals had gone on to commit worse crimes in Colorado, including murder and sexual assault." In addition, "half the people deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement each year in Colorado and nationally have no criminal record."
  • The Buck Stops Nowhere

    KTRK investigates the number of crimes committed by illegal aliens, finding that the crime rate has grown largely because of lenient methods of dealing with immigrants accused of breaking the law. More than 12,000 non-citizens were charged with crimes in 18 months, including "murders tied to illegal immigrants who had been deported and returned, or had been jailed repeatedly and released without deportation." Also, the station found there were "dozens of sexual offenses committed by illegal immigrants that had been released from jail instead of" being deported. The station also found that Harris County kept the arrest of criminal aliens secret from the federal government.
  • Endgame: The Fugitive Chase

    United States immigration authorities have lost track of nearly half a million people who ignore deportation orders and remain at large in the U.S. Endgame is the name of the federal plan to clear the nation by 2012 of every person that has been ordered deported.
  • MS-13: An International Franchise

    The series provided a comprehensive and detailed examination of Mara Salvatrucha's (MS-13's) growth, criminal activity, mobility and international coordination. Key findings were that a series of high profile murder investigations arching from Central America to Texas to the Washington DC area were linked to a single LA cell of the gang. Also the series was able to demonstrate how a major U.S. strategy for combating MS-13 - deporting members to their home countries- helped spread the gang across Central America and to new areas in the U.S.
  • The Un-Americans

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have begun to deport or imprison immigrants who committed minor crimes, sometimes jailing them without bail while they await deportation. This investigation looks into recent immigration laws that allow agents to deport immigrants or imprison them for minor offenses such as shoplifting. In some cases, the laws are retroactive and punish immigrants even more for crimes for which they have already paid. Prison conditions for some of these immigrants tend to be especially harsh and inhumane. This has been the case for Haskell prison, a privately-owned facility that is below the standards set by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
  • The Bust

    A Salvadorian immigrant woman is asked to give $5,000 to a state prison guard so he will let her husband free. The husband had cashed $700 in hot checks and that is why he was in prison. The woman contacted a Hispanic police officer. The police decided to set a trap for the prison guard. They hid and invited the news crew along. They put a wireless microphone on the Salvadorian woman. The authorities caught the prison guard on audio and videotape as he was taking the money from the woman, and promising the prisoner would not be deported. The prison guard was arrested and the husband of the Salvadorian woman was released when his term was up. The prison guard was sentenced to 6 years on probation.