The Takeaway

Migrant Crisis on the Med: At Sea With The Smugglers

Friday, April 24, 2015

VICE News shares chilling footage from the Libyan coast guard and travels to detention centers in Libya, where we hear detained migrants speak of torture and human rights violations.

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StoryCorps 416: Mr. McQueen Goes to Washington

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Just a few years ago, 18-year-old Noah McQueen was in trouble with the law, but today he is part of My Brother's Keeper, a White House initiative for young men of color. Noah recently had the chance to record a StoryCorps interview with President Barack Obama, who wanted to know more about Noah's life.


The Brian Lehrer Show

School Dress Codes Are Cracking Down—Especially on Girls

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

No tank tops. No mini-skirts. A new dress code at Tottenville High School on Staten Island has inspired a backlash from students, especially girls, who've received 90% of the detentions.

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PRI's The World

Texas volunteers help Central American migrants during their first hours of freedom on US soil

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Some migrant families with young children detained shortly after arriving from Central America are sent to live with relatives in the US as they await their date in court. That transition — suddenly being released — can be frightening and overwhelming. But there is one effort in McAllen, Texas, to help these migrants during their first few minutes on US soil.


The Takeaway

A Former INS Commissioner on the New ICE Guidelines

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Yesterday, the House Judiciary immigration subcommittee held a meeting called "Holiday on ICE." Contrary to how it might sound, it had nothing to do with dancing elves or figure skating. In this case, ICE refers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal law enforcement agency under the department of Homeland Security that enforces immigration laws. Here to tell us about detention, past, present and future, is Doris Meissner, who served as Commissioner of the INS under President Clinton and Acting Commissioner under President Reagan. She is currently director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute.


On The Media

The Trouble With The Latest National Defense Authorization Act

Friday, January 06, 2012

When the President signed this year's far ranging National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the portion that caught the attention of civil libertarians was a provision that appears to allow the President to indefinitely detain American citizens. Bob speaks with constitutional law expert Geoffrey Stone, who says the primary problem with the NDAA is that it doesn't clarify much of anything concerning detention. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Indefinite Detention

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mark Danner, contributor to the New York Review of Books and the author of Stripping Bare the Body: Politics, Violence, War, discusses President Obama's shift in opinion about a bill that would allow indefinite detention. Linda Sarsour, director of the Arab American Association of New York, joins the conversation. 

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The Takeaway

US Citizens Caught in Immigration Crackdown

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Since 2008, the Obama administration has deported over 1 million illegal immigrants, the highest number in six decades. However, this crackdown has not only affected illegal immigrants. A new investigation into the Secure Communities program finds that hundreds of American citizens have been detained because immigration officials thought they were illegal immigrants.

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The Takeaway

Immigration Enforcement Detaining American Citizens in Error

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

According to new figures released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Obama administration has deported a record number of illegal immigrants for the third year in a row. Yesterday, The Takeaway spoke to Frontline correspondent Maria Hinojosa about an investigation into detention centers and deportation proceedings. She explained that some of the individuals picked up by immigration enforcement are, in fact, legal immigrants with green cards. 

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The Takeaway

Chaos for Civilians in War-Torn Libya

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Most of the news out of Libya focuses on the battle between Moammar Gadhafi’s security forces and the Libyan rebels. But what about the civilians, the foreign aid workers and the journalists who have to live with the chaos war leaves behind? James Foley is a freelance journalist reporting from Libya. He was captured by Libyan security forces in April and has been detained in Brega ever since. His mother Diane Foley joins us to talk about her son’s detention and the turmoil in Libya.



Despite Disappearance of Ai Weiwei, 'Zodiac Heads' Will Come to New York

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Twelve oversize bronze sculptures of animal heads representing the Chinese zodiac are scheduled to be unveiled in New York on Monday. But the creator of the work, “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads," will not be with them.

Ai Wei Wei

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Two Things You May Not Know About Guantanamo

Thursday, March 10, 2011

On today’s Backstory segment we spoke with The Miami Herald's Carol Rosenberg and Emily Berman from the Brennan Center for Justice about the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which just turned 9 years old. Here are a two things we learned about the facility and the legal concepts that sustain it.

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Troubled Youth Detention Facilities Face Major Reforms

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Reforms are coming to four seriously troubled upstate youth detention facilities. A settlement has been reached between the Department of Justice and the state agency that is overseeing the facilities, which is calling for strict new rules limiting the use of physical restraints and requiring greater mental health services for emotionally disturbed youth. 



Guantanamo Detainees May Head to Illinois

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The White House plans to announce today that the government will acquire an underutilized state prison in rural Illinois as the new home for terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.