Between the Fences: Before Guantanamo, there was the Port Isabel Service Processing Center

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Seven Stories Press, Jan 4, 2011 - Social Science - 288 pages
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Something at the Texas detention facility is terribly wrong, and Tony Hefner knows it. But the guards are repeatedly instructed not to speak of anything they witness. In the Rio Grande Valley, one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the United States, good jobs are scarce and the detention facility pays the best wages for a hundred miles. The guards follow orders and keep quiet.
For six years, Tony Hefner was a security guard at the Port Isabel Service Processing Center, one of the largest immigration detention centers in America, and witnessed alarming corruption and violations of basic human rights. Officers preyed upon the very people whom they are sworn to protect. On behalf of the 1,100 men, women, and children residing there on an average day, and the 1,500 new undocumented immigrants who pass through its walls every month, this is the story of the systematic sexual, physical, financial, and drug-related abuses of detainees by guards.

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User Review  - cutiger80 - LibraryThing

When I first selected this book I was looking forward to an interesting history of an immigration detention center as a window on the evolution of immigration policy in the US. Instead, I found a ... Read full review

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User Review  - oldman - LibraryThing

Between the Fences by Tony Hefner, as advertised, was not a pleasant book to read, but he did have issues to present. The problem I had was just what problems he wanted brought to light. The book ... Read full review


1The Reality of a Dream
2The Conspiracy
3Death of a Detainee
4Horse Thieves Hit the Ranch
5OneMillionDollar Lawsuit
6Firings at the Camp
10New Investigation
11The Abuse Continues
12Caught on Tape
13The Depositions
14The Judges Ruling
15The Appeal
16Payan Is Framed

7The Blacklist
8The CoverUp
9High Hopes
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TONY HEFNER is a human rights activist and founder of the Bearing Precious Seed Ranch ministry in Southern Texas for local Hispanic children. He has appeared on Inside Edition, PBS, and many other radio and television news programs where he reported the abuses taking place at Port Isabel. Tony and his wife Barbara now live in northern Michigan, where he continues his fight with national officials for new investigations.

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