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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. ICE draws guns, scares US citizen children in immigration sweep

    by , 01-14-2016 at 09:23 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Ashbury Park Press:

    "Around 6 a.m. on Jan. 5, ICE agents knocked on the door of a New Brunswick home asking for someone named "Rodriguez." When the family inside refused to open and said no one by that name lived there, ICE agents forced their way in with guns drawn, said 14-year-old Anel Nieto, who was inside."

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