Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2013

Document Type


First Advisor

Dr. Daniel Jones


This paper investigates why the United States is currently detaining immigrants at record high levels. It profiles the cultural, business, and political influences that affect immigration detention policy. The history, current laws, and politics that dictate the immigration detention system are examined, with special emphasis on current law enforcement partnerships between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and local law enforcement agencies. This project also deconstructs who qualifies as a “criminal alien” and the due process protections that exist for non-citizens who are detained. Eleven original policy recommendations for immigration detention are included near the conclusion.