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  • Tony Hefner interviewed in the San Antonio Current

    Tony Hefner interviewed in the San Antonio Current

    September 9, 2010

    You left to go get religious training? I started going to church then. And that’s where I realized people weren’t prejudiced. That people really loved people and [I saw] a whole different realm of things … treating you like you was a human being. That’s why whenever I seen this going on at that detention facility, all these flashbacks kept coming back. Like what? These poor, immigrant people are just trying to make a living, trying to please people, and still try to take care of their families. A lot of them are just migrant workers. I talked to a lot of them in the detention facility who knew English real well, because my Spanish was terrible. They’re just hard-working people who … for hundreds of years they’ve been crossing the border. And they come over here and they work in our fields and they pick our fruits. … I mean, those are jobs that most Americans don’t want. Oh yeah, they want the supervisor job where they can boss the people around, where they don’t have to get out there and pick the fruit and work in some of these different places. —from Tony Hefner's interview about Between the Fences

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  • Daily Texan on Tony Hefner and Between the Fences

    Daily Texan on Tony Hefner and Between the Fences

    August 3, 2010

    Hefner says that to his knowledge there has not been an improvement in the conditions at the detention center and that in 2006 there were 108 detainees who died inside the facility for unknown reasons. Beginning January of this year, detainees organized a hunger strike, protesting conditions at the center and the frequency of transfers. The abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq received national media attention and launched a government investigation. Hefner says he witnessed similar abuses at Port Isabel, but that the detention center is receiving less attention because of the detainee’s immigration status. “Because these are undocumented aliens, people just don’t care,” Hefner said. “Even though our government is against human rights abuse, they still do not enforce it in these compounds at these detention facilities.” —The Daily Texan

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  • Tony Hefner at Helena Township Library Community Center

    Tony Hefner at Helena Township Library Community Center

    June 14, 2010

    June 14, 2010 at the Helena Township Library Community Center: 8751 Helena Road in Alden, Michigan.

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  • Tony Hefner at Horizon Books

    Tony Hefner at Horizon Books

    June 5, 2010

    Saturday, June 5, 2010, 1-3pm at Horizon Books: 243 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI, 49684

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  • Tony Hefner on the Port Isabel Detention Center

    Tony Hefner on the Port Isabel Detention Center

    March 2, 2010

    From Enrique Lopetegui's article at QueBlog about the recent protests demanding the closing of the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos, Texas: "This is the pain," [Southwest Worker's Union member Anayanse Garza] said, holding a petition, "these are the 243 signatures of the people at Port IsabeI that have been tortured, beaten and humiliated, and these orders were coming from [ICE's field office director] Michael J. Pitts, who is sitting very comfortably in his air-conditioned room, while other people are being tortured and threatened with force-feeding by having a tube inserted through their noses. I don't care if the government says that immigrants have no human rights. Immigrants do have human rights. It's not a crime to hunger strike, it is your right, and that's why [Pitts] should be tried." ... "The very same thing that happened [in my time] is happening today [at PIDC]," said [Tony] Hefner. "Stealing money from detainees, beating detainees up ... If detainees from two different countries were fighting, they would handcuff them together and push them into each other and take bets on them."

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