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  1. Immigrant Mother and Son Both Celebrate Birthdays in Deportation Jail

    by , 09-13-2016 at 09:44 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via immigration lawyer Carol Anne Mauer Donohoe:

    SEND A BIRTHDAY MESSAGE: Today an unbelievably courageous and strong young mother turns 23 years old in detention. She and her 6 year old son have been held in detention now for 380 days and counting. Her son already had a birthday in detention. With no party, no pińata, no photos to commemorate entering into his 6th year. Only a birthday cake that could only be bought through the county for which they charged Karen $70.00.

    Because she is vocal, the government labeled Karen 'disruptive' and took the unprecedented step of trying to transfer her and her son to yet another detention center in Karnes, TX in order to isolate them. Thankfully, the judge denied that request.

    I have set up an email account for those who want to send Karen Happy Birthday messages. It is Oh and it can be in English or Spanish because she has learned English too.

    Please let her know you are thinking of her and that you will be vocal in demanding that she, her son, and all of the other Madres Berks get released and no one has to spend another birthday in prison!
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  2. Obama Admin Charged with Violating Court Order on Detaining Refugee Children

    by , 05-18-2016 at 07:27 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Obama administration has landed back in Court due to their policy of locking Central American mothers and children in jails where they are deprived of decent food, water and sanitary conditions, and forced to sleep on a concrete floors.

    A motion was filed in the U.S. District Court of Central District of California last night that alleges that the Obama administration has violated U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee's previous ruling prohibiting the extended incarceration of children in jails. Judge Gee ruled that the Obama administration child detention policy was in direct violation of a settlement dating back to January 28, 1997.

    Peter Schey, President and Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, commented that the Obama administration has engaged in conduct that is “lawless and contemptuous,” and has "consistently violated the Settlement since the summer of 2014 and this Court’s Orders since August 2015.” Mr. Schey remarked that "a detention system that is incompatible with the concept of human dignity and has no place in a civilized society."

    Thank you Mr. Schey for your humanity.

    Click here for the original source of this story.

    Updated 05-18-2016 at 09:53 AM by MKolken

  3. Lawsuit Alleges Immigrant Mothers Subjected to Psychological and Physical harm

    by , 08-11-2015 at 04:01 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Washington Post reports that five immigrant mothers have sued the Obama administration claiming that they and their children were subjected to severe psychological and physical harm while jailed in the Obama administration's family deportation internment camps.

    The women are represented by Nashville lawyer
    R. Andrew Free, who has stated that the Obama administration has violated his clients' rights as asylum seekers by using detention as a deterrent. Mr. Free expects that the lawsuit seeking millions in damages will be supplemented by additional information documenting the administration's mistreatment of women and children. He explains that “By bearing witness and helping these women assert these claims, we are undermining the government’s narrative that this is a kinder gentler, detention policy.”

    I'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

    Updated 08-12-2015 at 09:09 AM by MKolken

  4. Report: Dignity Denied, LGBT Immigrants in U.S. Immigration Detention

    by , 11-25-2013 at 08:56 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Center for American Progress has released a report entitled: Dignity Denied, LGBT Immigrants in U.S. Immigration Detention that reveals that LGBT immigrants in immigration detention facilities face an increased risk of abuse.

    From the introduction:

    The U.N. Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment went as far as finding the treatment of LGBT
    immigrants in U.S. detention facilities in violation of the Convention Against Torture after it received information on gay and transgender individuals who had been subjected to solitary confinement, torture, and ill-treatment—including sexual assault—while detained in U.S. immigration facilities.

    The report details incidents of sexual assault, denial of adequate medical care, long-term solitary confinement, discrimination and abuse, and ineffective
    complaints and appeals processes.

    Click here to read the full report.

    Updated 11-25-2013 at 04:14 PM by MKolken

  5. Removal of 190,000 Sought in US Immigration Courts in FY 2013

    by , 09-18-2013 at 08:29 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration reports that in fiscal year 2013 the Administration will seek to remove (deport) more than an estimated 190,000 people. This figure does not include individuals deported administratively by ICE or the Border Patrol, which means the actual number of deportations will be much higher.

    TRAC also reports that in the current fiscal year 53.1 percent of all people facing removal in Immigration Court are deported, with the percentages varying State to State. Unsurprisingly, States with large immigration detention facilities maintain a higher percentage of individuals ordered deported.

    Click here to review the report.
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