Brian is a senior at the College of William & Mary majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Hispanic Studies. He enjoys working as a Peer Scholarship Advisor at the Charles Center where he helps fellow students continue their academic and professional growth by advising them on scholarship, fellowship, and internship funding opportunities. On campus, he is also a brother in the W&M chapter of the Delta Chi Fraternity and the editor of the newly formed DC Bureau of the St. Andrew’s Foreign Affairs Review, an online publication offering in-depth analysis on international political events by undergraduate student. Off campus, he has worked as a prisoners’s rights intern for the Committee Against Torture of the Comisión por la Memoria, a human rights organization based in La Plata, Argentina and as an intern for National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career that combines his interests in human rights, advocacy, and Latin America.
Unlocking the SAFE Act: US Immigration Detention Policy and Reform in 2014
In 2013, the United States saw a landmark bipartisan immigration reform bill pass the Senate only to fail in the House of Representatives and dash the hopes for reform in 2013. While public attention turned to the error-ridden rollout of Obamacare this past November, legislative efforts to improve immigration policies have continued with renewed debate over a series of reform bills in the House. Amongst this group of bills, H.R. 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act,” or more commonly known as the SAFE Act, has emerged as a contentious legislative measure. In particular, various advocacy groups point to the potential unconstitutionality of the bill and its potential to only exacerbate current flaws in the immigrant detention system. This article examines these concerns associated with the possible passage of the SAFE Act during the renewed push for immigration reform in 2014.
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