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  1. Texas Putting Lipstick on Deportation Internment Camps for Children

    by , 02-08-2016 at 01:32 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Texas wants you to believe that if you call deportation jails "child care" centers you can whitewash child abuse.

    From Think Progress:

    Texas state officials are moving ahead with a proposal to license controversial detention centers for detained immigrant families as child care facilities.

    The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Council submitted a proposed rule last week that would create a child care licensing category at two family detention centers located in Dilley and Karnes City. The proposed rule is up for consideration with the state’s Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), though it’s as yet unknown when the commission will make a final decision, the Texas Observer reported.

    The two Texas detention centers currently have the capacity to hold more than 2,000 detained women and children who are waiting for their court cases to be adjudicated. The federal government has contracts with three private prison-operated facilities in Texas and Pennsylvania to detain and process Central American women and children who began showing up in large numbers since the 2014 fiscal year.

    It is simply unfathomable that the United States continues the fight to jail refugee children in deportation internment camps where they are subjected to neglect, abuse, and torture. State officials in Texas should send their own children to these "child care" facilities for a week, and see how they fare.
  2. Obama is Still Prioritizing the Deportation of Refugee Children

    by , 02-05-2016 at 09:23 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    On February 3, 2015, the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) issued a memorandum advising immigration judges to reassess the scheduling of specific types of deportation cases. This is the first time there has been a formal change of docketing priorities since the summer of 2014, when the Obama administration decided to fast track refugee children through the deportation process, preferably without a lawyer.

    This is great news right? Obama is finally prioritizing the deportation of serious criminals like he has repeatedly said he would? Wrong. Refugee children are still number one the deportation priority list.

    Here is the order:

    • Unaccompanied children that aren't in custody;
    • Mothers with their children that aren't in custody;
    • Mothers with children that are in custody;
    • And finally recent border crossers in custody.

    After immigration judges schedule all of the above for a deportation hearing they can then turn their attention to deporting serious criminal and national security risks.

  3. License for Immigration Baby Jail in Pennsylvania Revoked

    by , 01-29-2016 at 12:14 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has just slammed the door on Obama's deportation baby jail, euphemistically known as Berks County Family Residential Center, located in Leesport, Pennsylvania.

    Click here to read the letter revoking the baby jail's certificate of compliance that would have expired on February 21, 2017.

    Score one for the good guys.

    Updated 01-29-2016 at 12:41 PM by MKolken

  4. Family Detention Doctor Under Investigation

    by , 01-19-2016 at 01:47 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Bryan Johnson:

    On October 1, 2015, we made a request to discipline 4 physicians in connection severe medical neglect of a minor client detained at the Dilley children's jail. The complaints against 3 out of 4 were dismissed. Today, we received this letter informing us that one of the physicians was is still active.

  5. As Deportations Ramp Up, Rumors Stir Fear Among Immigrants

    by , 01-18-2016 at 07:17 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via NPR:

    On Jan. 1, the organization set up a hotline to field people's concerns about immigration enforcement. He says CASA received as many as 150 calls a day at first. Many of those callers claimed they saw DHS officers in the area, and "immigration officials knocking on people's doors, entering into their buildings, immigration vehicles parked in very public spaces in the middle of the day."

    Updated 01-18-2016 at 08:38 AM by MKolken

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