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FRONTLINE: Lost In Detention

Airs Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Dozens of U.S.-born children from across the country traveled to the White House with their undocumented parents to march and demonstrate against deportations.

More than one million immigrants have been deported since President Obama took office. Under his administration, deportations and detentions have reached record levels. The get-tough policy has brought complaints of abuse and harsh treatment, including charges that families have been unfairly separated after being caught in the nationwide dragnet.

The administration has promised to make the detention system more humane, and more selectively target the most serious criminals. But it faces Republican critics who urge stricter measures — and a growing backlash among Latino voters, a key 2012 electoral force.

In a co-production with the Investigative Reporting Workshop, correspondent Maria Hinojosa investigates Obama’s enforcement strategies and journeys into the secretive world of immigrant detention, with a penetrating look at who is being detained and what is happening to these detainees.

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Above: In "Lost In Detention," FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop examine the Obama administration’s controversial get-tough immigration policy.

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Above: "Aqui y Ahora" Correspondent Tifani Roberts tells us how Obama's policy has separated hundreds of thousands of families and how an investigation shows the other side of deportations.