Disappeared in America

Disappeared in America is a new, regular feature profiling immigrants who've been detained or deported and whose cases illustrate unjust or inhumane features of the Department of Homeland Security's immigration and detention systems.

The 'Disappeared in America' column shares the same name as an independent, ongoing art project launched in New York in 2004. Visible Collective/Naeem Mohaiemen's project works on art interventions around hyphenated identities and security panic, and can be viewed at www.disappearedinamerica.org.

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Supreme Court Redefines Tribal and Federal Understandings of IRA

Indian Country Today, News Report , Rob Capriccioso, Feb 25, 2009

The Supreme Court has ruled in Carcieri v. Salazar that tribes not under federal jurisdiction as of 1934 cannot follow a longstanding land-into-trust process administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Mentally Ill Immigrant Goes Missing after Deportation

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Jan 31, 2009

Two days after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency deported him to India , 52-year-old Harvey Sachdev, a schizophrenic of 32 years, went missing from his friend’s home in New Delhi.


After the Raids

Colorlines, News report, Valeria Fernández , Sep 04, 2008

Families in a Colorado town struggle to rebuild their lives in an immigration limbo. Al Frente de Lucha, a nonprofit organization, has been helping 17 families with supplies and food coupons with the support of a local church, but help is running out.

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Deporting Parents of Dead Soldiers is 'Excessive' and 'Harsh' Punishment

New America Media, Commentary, Domenico Maceri, Sep 04, 2007

The father of U.S. Private Armando Soriano, 20, who died in Iraq is facing deportation. Many soldiers serve in the military in the hopes of regularizing the immigration status of family members. But when they die in the war those dreams can be cruelly cut short.

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Florida Family Living an Immigration Nightmare

Pacific Citizen, News feature, Caroline Aoyagi-Stom , Jun 23, 2007

Keith Campbell's wife Akiko made a simple error in her immigration paperwork. Now Akiko and their two kids are in Japan, prevented from returning to the U.S. for a decade.

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They Die in South Texas

New America Media, Investigative Report, Mary Jo McConahay, Jun 21, 2007

There is a human toll to illegal immigration. The corpses of men, women, and children who perished trying to enter the country are routinely found in Brooks County, Texas.

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ICE Detention Exceeds Legal Limit

El Pregonero, News Report, Andrea Acosta, Translated by Elena Shore, May 24, 2007

Even after signing a voluntary removal order, Isolina Menjivar’s 20-year-old son continued to be held in detention. After 15 months, he was finally deported to Honduras. His crime: being undocumented. Traducción al español

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Teens' Take on Raids

New America Media, Commentary, Various, May 03, 2007

Teens in the Central Valley of California have seen hundreds of immigrants detained in ICE raids. These are some of their thoughts.

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Reluctant Ex-Pats: U.S. Born Kids Face Deportation As Well

News Report, Story: Julie Johnson, Photos: David Pham, Video: Angel Luna and Raj Jayadev, Apr 04, 2007

When parents are deported, their U.S.-born children have two "choices" -- leave with their parents or stay in foster care to continue availing of educational opportunities here. The Ramirez children know how painful this decision is.

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How My Family Became the White ‘Poster Child’ in the Debate

New America Media, Commentary, Betsy DeWitt, Mar 15, 2007

A U.S. permanent resident since childhood, the author’s Italian husband led the life of an upstanding citizen until a marijuana conviction. After serving his sentence, he faces deportation to a country he doesn’t know, separated from his wife and children.

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