US immigration enforcement has created a network of secret prisons where detainees are deprived of legal rights and adequate medical care. That's according to a lengthy series in the Washington Post. We hear from one of the writers and from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which says the reports are based on "myths," rather than "facts." Also, the California Supreme Court rules on gay marriage, and what President Bush told the Israeli Knesset today. Barack Obama calls it "a false political attack" on him.
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A sharply divided California State Supreme Court today legalized same-sex marriage in the biggest state in the Union. The 4-to-3 majority opinion was written by Chief Justice Ron George, a Republican appointed by a Republican governor, Pete Wilson, in 1991. Jennifer Rothman is an associate professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Rothman, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has rounded up and detained increasing numbers of undocumented people in the past five years. The Washington Post says it has "thousands of pages of government documents," including autopsy and medical records, investigative reports, e-mails and memorandums that reveal "a hidden world of flawed medical judgments, faulty administrative practices, neglectful guards, ill-trained technicians, sloppy record-keeping, lost medical files and dangerous staff shortages." The paper says tens of thousands are being kept in overcrowded prisons with little access to the legal help or healthcare to which they're entitled. Many have died, but ICE denies its officials are well aware that inmates, including asylum seekers, are put at risk by an overtaxed system. We hear from a Post reporter, an ICE spokesman and others.
Amy Goldstein, Reporter, Washington Post
Gary Mead, Acting Director of Detention Operations, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Steven Camarota, Center for Immigration Studies (@wwwCISorg)
Niels Frenzen, Professor of Law, University of Southern California Law School
In a speech to Israel's Knesset today, President Bush denounced those he described as believing "that we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals." The White House says Bush's comments were not an attack on Barack Obama, who has advocated negotiations with Iran and Syria. Obama and other Democrats think otherwise. The Democratic presidential candidate has e-mailed reporters saying the President used today's speech "to launch a false political attack." Richard Wolfe is senior White House Correspondent for Newsweek magazine.
Richard Wolffe, Correspondent, MSNBC