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Between Worlds / Behind Bars

From the dark days of the Chinese Exclusion Act to post–September 11 crackdowns on undocumented immigrants, immigration detention has a controversial history in both our nation and in the Puget Sound region. "Between Worlds / Behind Bars" is a four–part series exploring immigration detention from its roots in the 1930s at "Seattle's Ellis Island" in the International District to today's privately–run Northwest Detention Center on the Tacoma Tideflats.

Reported by Jessica Partnow, Sarah Stuteville and Alex Stonehill. Read all production bios and special thanks.

"Between Worlds / Behind Bars" airs during "Morning Edition" February 23–26, 2010 and during "KUOW Presents" at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Many Uch at the Airport Way Detention Facility. Photo by Eroyn Franklin.

Seattle's Ellis Island

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

In segment one of our series, "Between Worlds/Behind Bars," Sarah Stuteville takes us inside the now–closed processing and detention center on Airport Way and explores a dark corner of our city's past.

Listen to this story spacer GEO Guard at the Northwest Detention Center, Tacoma. Photo by Alex Stonehill.

Detention In The City Of Destiny

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

In 2004 a new detention center opened on the tideflats below downtown Tacoma. Owned and operated by a private corporation, it houses up to a thousand immigrants at a time while arrangements are made to deport them. Alex Stonehill takes us inside, and finds out about the controversy surrounding immigration detention.

Listen to this story spacer Agent Michael Bermudez, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent and Public Affairs Officer, US Customs and Border Patrol. Photo by Eroyn Franklin.

Washington On The Front Lines

Thursday, February 25, 2010

This story takes us to Washington state's border with Canada, where the Border Patrol arrests hundreds of people each year. Producer Jessica Partnow heads out on a ride along with border patrol and spends the night watching for smugglers.

Listen to this story spacer Gabriela Cubillos prepares tamales in her home. Photo by Eroyn Franklin.

Living In Limbo

Friday, February 26, 2010

In our final segment, producer Jessica Partnow follows the story of one family living in immigration limbo in Auburn, Washington.

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After the Raid

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