Emory Law Journal


Sarah Gryll


The United States is a land of immigrants. Yet the United States has adopted laws and policies to prevent mass migrations to this country. Despite these efforts, millions of illegal immigrants currently reside in the United States and more enter every year. An intense public debate about how to treat such immigrants has been at the forefront of the political forum for decades. In recent years, a new vigor for reform has fueled the debate. The Obama Administration vowed to enact comprehensive immigration reform and, in its first year, unveiled a number of reforms meant to address the deteriorating conditions of the immigration detention system. In a political climate ripe for immigration reform, this Comment proposes a more comprehensive approach to immigration detention reform.