Davino Watson, US citizen wrongfully detained by ICE, calls for the defense of immigrants facing deportation
5 March 2018
Davino Watson, a US citizen illegally detained for three-and-a-half years by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) between 2008 and 2011, spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the mounting government attack on immigrants in the US.
Watson’s interview with the WSWS occurred in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision that immigrants detained and awaiting disposition of their cases were not entitled to bail hearings, effectively subjecting them to indefinite detention without due process. Watson’s suit against the US government for his near-deportation and years of detention in ICE’s maximum security prisons was dismissed last summer on the specious grounds that his opportunity to sue had elapsed while he was still detained and fighting deportation.
Nick Barrickman: What is your reaction to the recent Supreme Court decision denying immigrants the right to seek bail?
Davino Watson: It’s very disturbing that they can now detain immigrants for this amount of time. It’s morally wrong. There are a lot of people who will be affected by this, emotionally, and I’m just hoping that this decision will be overturned in the future.
Interview with Davino Watson
NB: The decision basically creates a class of people in America who are not protected by the US Constitution. Relating this to your own experience, there’s very little keeping the US government from expanding this treatment to American citizens.
DW: Right. That was my initial thought and that’s what I feel happened to me, too. I feel like my constitutional rights were violated.
It’s not going to just be immigrants. It will also be American…