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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. Deported Veteran Leader Hector Barajas is Coming Home

    by , 03-30-2018 at 08:03 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via The San Diego Union-Tribune:

    "Finally, after years of fighting for the rights of deported veterans to return to the U.S., Hector will be able to return home as an American citizen," said Jennie Pasquarella, director of immigrants' rights for the ACLU of California and one of Barajas's attorneys. "Hector, like a true soldier, has fought day in and day out since his deportation on behalf of deported veterans across the globe. He never gave up hope that he would one day return to his home and be reunited with his family."

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  2. Bay Area Residents Stuck in Immigration Detention File Class Action Lawsuit Against Sessions

    by , 03-28-2018 at 11:39 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    March 27, 2018

    Amalia Wille, Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP, 415-821-8808,
    Law Offices of Matthew H. Green, 520-882-8852,
    Alison Pennington, Centro Legal de la Raza, 510-679-1608,
    ACLU SoCal Communications & Media Advocacy, 213-977-5252,

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Two Bay Area fathers who have been detained for over six months at the Contra Costa West County Detention Facility in Richmond, California sued the federal government today in a class action lawsuit challenging their unlawful and prolonged detention.

    Plaintiffs Esteban Aleman Gonzalez of Antioch and Jose Gutierrez Sanchez of San Lorenzo are represented by Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP, Centro Legal de la Raza, the Law Offices of Matthew H. Green, and the ACLU Foundations of California.

    Aleman Gonzalez and Gutierrez Sanchez were arrested by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in the Bay Area in the fall of 2017. They are seeking protection in the United States, and asylum officers with the Department of Homeland Security have determined that both men have a reasonable fear of persecution or torture if deported. Because of this determination, the federal government does not have the authority to deport them.

    Nevertheless, the government has kept them in detention and refused to provide bond hearings – proceedings where immigration judges determine whether they can be released back to their families and lives. Both Aleman Gonzalez and Gutierrez Sanchez have young U.S. citizen children and are the primary providers for their families.

    “Esteban and Jose are part of our Bay Area community, and their families, including their children, are suffering while they remain detained,” said Alison Pennington, Senior Staff Attorney at Centro Legal de la Raza. “They are simply asking for the opportunity to show a judge that they should not be detained while they pursue their case. What the government is doing to them and to so many others should shock the conscience.”

    “When immigration judges refuse to provide these bond hearings, they are grossly misinterpreting federal law,” said Amalia Wille, attorney at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP. “The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has already decided that individuals like Aleman Gonzalez and Gutierrez Sanchez are entitled to bond hearings. Immigration judges are not free to ignore clear binding precedent. Just like all of us, they must follow the law.”
    In February of 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in Jennings v. Rodriguez that federal laws do not authorize bond hearings for certain immigration detainees. The Court remanded the case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether due process requires a bond hearing. Plaintiffs argue that this ruling, which dealt with a different group of immigrants detained under different laws, provides support for their case.

    “The Supreme Court’s recent decision strongly supports Esteban and Jose’s claims,” said Michael Kaufman, Sullivan & Cromwell Access to Justice Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California. “Jennings makes clear that the federal laws at issue here must be interpreted to require a hearing in cases of prolonged incarceration. This is a basic and fundamental due process protection.”

    Attorneys for the plaintiffs estimate the class size numbers in the hundreds. The class is comprised of people detained throughout the Ninth Circuit who have been or will be detained for six months pursuant to a particular immigration statute and denied a prolonged detention hearing before an immigration judge.

    “The federal government’s deportation machine is tearing families apart,” said Matthew H. Green, an immigration attorney representing the proposed class in today’s suit. “I see this every day. Time and time again, my clients are held in a cruel and unnecessary limbo while the government keeps them locked up and withholds their right to a hearing.”

    The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

    The complaint is here:
    This press release is online here:

    Updated 03-28-2018 at 02:04 PM by MKolken

  3. Tracking Immigration Court Outcomes by County of Residence

    by , 03-27-2018 at 01:07 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Syracuse University's TRAC:

    Contrasting Outcomes in Top Five Counties in the Country

    There are stark contrasts in the typical outcome reached in Immigration Court cases for immigrants residing in different communities. Figure 1 and Table 1 illustrate these differences for the five counties in the country that had the most court cases completed over the period from October 2000 through February 2018. These five counties were: Los Angeles County (CA), Harris County (TX), Miami-Dade County (FL), Cameron County (TX), and Queens County (NY).

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  4. For Profit Immigration Detention Center Sues City of Tacoma

    by , 03-27-2018 at 08:04 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the Associated Press:

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The private company that runs a federal immigration detention center in Tacoma has sued the city, claiming that it passed an ordinance last month to restrict the facility from expanding out of disagreement toward federal immigration policy and not over land use issues.

    Florida-based GEO Group sued Tacoma in federal court Thursday, seeking to have the ordinance invalidated, The News Tribune reported.

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  5. 179 Deaths in ICE custody from 2003 to 2018

    by , 03-23-2018 at 08:16 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    There have been 179 deaths in ICE custody from October 1, 2003 to February 19, 2018.

    Via Capital and Main:

    Capital & Main’s new project, Deadly Detention, is intended to give names and faces to undocumented immigrants who have died in federal detention, and to explain how they met such sad fates in the country most had come to in search of better lives. It is a counterweight to ICE’s secrecy and comes as the Trump administration expands an already sprawling detention system to accommodate the growing number of immigrants caught up in its deportation surge.

    Click here to view their interactive map.
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