Detention centers bust at seams; some whites say cost of Blackness is low

By The News Jun 26, 2007

New Scrutiny as Immigrants Die in Custody. A Guantanamo culture. But as the immigration detention system balloons to meet demands for stricter enforcement of immigration laws, deaths in custody — and the secrecy and confusion around them — are drawing increased scrutiny from lawmakers and from government investigators.–NYTimes Border Patrol hiring surge raises concerns. More patrol, more problems. A drive to recruit thousands more Border Patrol agents may flood the service with inexperienced officers and lead to increased corruption, officials said on Monday.–Reuters. Whites Underestimate The Costs Of Being Black, Study Finds. A funny way of looking at things. When white Americans were asked to imagine how much they would have to be paid to live the rest of their lives as a black person, most requested relatively low amounts, generally less than $10,000. “When whites say they would need $1 million to give up TV, but less than $10,000 to become black, that suggests they don’t really understand the extent to which African Americans, as a group, are disadvantaged,” Mazzocco said. – Free HIV tests to target African-Americans. Keeping up good work in Atlanta. But all tests should be free. The annual AIDS case rate for black Georgians is 81.7 per 100,000 residents, compared with 10.9 cases per 100,000 for whites, according to data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation. AIDS activists in Atlanta will offer free HIV testing for the first 1,000 individuals who attend the event at the Morehouse School of Medicine.–Atlanta-Journal Constitution Katrina Workers Due $1.4M in Back Wages. ! More than 2,600 workers employed in clean up and renovation of U.S. Naval facilities on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina will receive more than $1.4 million in back wages.–AP