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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    I have skimmed through the report that Matt mentions, and even based on just a quick glance, it alleges some horrendous abuses against immigration detainees by ICE officers that cannot help but recall things that went on in Nazi concentration camps - such as putting one detainee in prolonged lock down for the "offense" of sharing coffee with another detainee.

    If that is the way immigration detainees are being treated now, it can't be long before open torture, which Trump has expressed such a great fondness for, comes into style in these prisons, just as it was used against black prisoners in the South in the segregation era.

    To blame these abuses on Obama is misplaced; this report is not primarily about about abuses which took place in the past (though there was now excuse for those either), but about ones which are taking place now, under another president who has a different name from Barack Obama.

    Having said the above, it is impressive and encouraging to see John Kelly's name on the report as one of the people transmitting it. That could certainly be an indication that this administration recognizes that there is a problem and is trying to do something about it - a hopeful sign to be sure.

    Maybe it would be better if Kelly decides not to tell Trump about this report - the president might decide in his next tweet that it is only "fake news" and fire everyone responsible - for the report, that is, not the abuses.

    Or maybe not - let's hope not.

    But either way, this is not Obama's problem now - it is Donald J. Trump's.

    Given the almost pathological hostility that Trump has shown toward all non-white immigrants as both president and candidate, will he really do anything to stop the open cruelty and abuses against detainees described in this damning report by his own administration?

    In what is only the latest example of the president's delusional and maliciously false comments about non-white immigrants, witness his latest, utterly despicable attack on more than a million people from all over the world who have immigrated to the US legally under the Diversity Visa program, and many of whom are now naturalized US citizens and therefore the president's fellow Americans.

    See my comment originally posted in ilw.com on December 15.

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?10287

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Roger, did you bother to read the Inspector General's report before you wrote this absurd comment? I don't think you did.

    If you had just read the first page of the report, you would know that the IG made only one recommendation and that ICE concurred and has begun corrective action. And if you had read further, you would know that ICE cancelled its contract with one of the detention centers.

    You remind me of the Hawain federal district court judge who read the revised version of Trump's travel ban and found nothing wrong with it. But he then said, in effect, but we know Trump is a Muslim hating bigot, so the real reason for the ban must be religious discrimination.

    Neither of you pays any attention to what Trump actually does. You base your views on your opinion of him as a person. There is one difference. The Hawaiin judge didn't compare Trump to Hitler.

    Nolan Rappaport


  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I have skimmed through the report that Matt mentions, and even based on just a quick glance, it alleges some horrendous abuses against immigration detainees by ICE officers that cannot help but recall things that went on in Nazi concentration camps - such as putting one detainee in prolonged lock down for the "offense" of sharing coffee with another detainee.

    If that is the way immigration detainees are being treated now, it can't be long before open torture, which Trump has expressed such a great fondness for, comes into style in these prisons, just as it was used against black prisoners in the South in the segregation era.

    To blame these abuses on Obama is misplaced; this report is not primarily about about abuses which took place in the past (though there was now excuse for those either), but about ones which are taking place now, under another president who has a different name from Barack Obama.

    Having said the above, it is impressive and encouraging to see John Kelly's name on the report as one of the people transmitting it. That could certainly be an indication that this administration recognizes that there is a problem and is trying to do something about it - a hopeful sign to be sure.

    Maybe it would be better if Kelly decides not to tell Trump about this report - the president might decide in his next tweet that it is only "fake news" and fire everyone responsible - for the report, that is, not the abuses.

    Or maybe not - let's hope not.

    But either way, this is not Obama's problem now - it is Donald J. Trump's.

    Given the almost pathological hostility that Trump has shown toward all non-white immigrants as both president and candidate, will he really do anything to stop the open cruelty and abuses against detainees described in this damning report by his own administration?

    In what is only the latest example of the president's delusional and maliciously false comments about non-white immigrants, witness his latest, utterly despicable attack on more than a million people from all over the world who have immigrated to the US legally under the Diversity Visa program, and many of whom are now naturalized US citizens and therefore the president's fellow Americans.

    See my comment originally posted in ilw.com on December 15.

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?10287

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-16-2017 at 08:50 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MKolken
    Ironically, it is the current administration that is taking the complaints seriously, when the previous administration did nothing despite having full knowledge of the problem: A Broken, Dangerous System - The New York Times
    I am glad that someone is looking at this objectively. Trump inherited the current detention system from the previous administration. Let's wait to see what he does to deal with this problem before blaming him for it.


    I couldn't read the New York Times article you cited. You can only see a few a month if you aren't a subscriber.

    Nolan Rappaport
    Updated 12-17-2017 at 03:10 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I am not making any excuses for the many, and serious, detention abuses under the previous administration or administrations. I am only pointing out who owns the system now, and who appears to be trying to expand the system to include more detainees than ever before by targeting people for deportation who were (at least officially) low priority under the previous administration.

    See Kathryn Johnson's shocking December 15 article in The Hill about the expansion of private immigration detention facilities by the Trump administration to benefit wealthy campaign donors:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-bl...-jails-planned

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-15-2017 at 12:34 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. MKolken's Avatar
    Ironically, it is the current administration that is taking the complaints seriously, when the previous administration did nothing despite having full knowledge of the problem: A Broken, Dangerous System - The New York Times

  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    No one is claiming that the movement toward Gulag-like conditions at America's immigration detention centers began with the current occupant of the White House. Clearly, it did not.

    But this current White House occupant is now the person who owns this increasingly dark and ominous system, which is coming more and more to resemble the incarceration systems used by some of the dictators whom our present chief executive admires so much against their own citizens.

    How long will it be before millions of Americans who are opposed to the immigration or other policies of our 45th president also become occupants of the developing Gulag system (a/k/a/ private detention centers) which now houses immigrants?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-15-2017 at 11:29 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  7. MKolken's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    And Roger''s anti-Trump accusations are going strong too. Not every day, but has there been an entire week when he hasn't made Trump accusations?

    Nolan Rappaport
    Highly doubtful.
  8. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Trump is the one who is in effect begging for people who believe in our constitution, in racial equality and in democracy to condemn him, as USA Today has just done in an editorial which, according to the headlines I have seen, says that Trump is not fit to clean the White House toilets.

    No one would be able to point to anything that I have ever written to that effect, or close to it.

    But how can anyone who cares about racial equality, democracy or the Constitution hold back from condemning Trump over his support for Roy Moore, who openly praised the time of slavery and called for abolishing the constitutional protection against slavery and the amendments guaranteeing equal protection of the law, freedom of religion, due process of law and the vote for women, among other things? See:

    http://www.newsweek.com/roy-moore-ca...1-truth-743800

    If Trump does not share these obnoxious views himself, why did he support someone who does have these views?

    We are not just talking about whether immigrants from this or that country, religion or skin color should be allowed to come to or stay in the United States; we are talking about the basic rights of all Americans and about what kind of country we will have in the future.

    See my comments about the Alabama election at

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?10277

    I will say one good thing about Trump and the Alabama election, however. He should be commended for his gracious reaction in congratulating Moore's opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, who is by all accounts a very decent man who prosecuted KKK members for one of their killings some years ago, on winning the election.

    Trump has reportedly invited Doug Jones to meet him at the White House.

    That is the way America is supposed to work.

    Roger Algase
    Updated 12-14-2017 at 02:05 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  9. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    And Roger''s anti-Trump accusations are going strong too. Not every day, but has there been an entire week when he hasn't made Trump accusations?

    Nolan Rappaport
    Updated 12-13-2017 at 08:07 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  10. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Muslim admissions may be way down, but hate crimes against Muslims are reportedly way up under Dear Donald's Leadership.

    Roger Algase
    Updated 12-14-2017 at 01:30 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  11. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Barack Obama was president for almost the entire first four months of FY 2017, which began on October 1, 2016. This report, unless I am missing something, does not seem to have a month to month breakdown in these prosecutions.

    Therefore, based on the report, there is no way of knowing exactly how much of the decrease in prosecutions over previous years was due to prosecutions initiated under President Obama, and how much was due to prosecutions initiated after Donald Trump took office.

    If month to month prosecution statistics are available for that fiscal year, it might be useful to see them.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-08-2017 at 01:27 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  12. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The Supreme Court majority, evidently, decided to ignore Trump's inexcusable action in retweeting some Muslim-hating videos which an openly Islamophobic activist had posted in the UK. Even if one disregards Trump's campaign statements against all Muslims such as "Islam hates us", as the DOJ has been urging the federal courts to do, this latest example shows, beyond any possible doubt, what Trump's real reason for his Muslim ban orders has been all along, and that the alleged "national security" justification for these orders has never been anything more than an elaborate sham.

    The problem that Trump's defenders in the White House and his administration have been having is that as soon as they concoct some explanation or other for his conduct on issue after issue, Trump tweets out the truth about his real motives.

    The same thing has happened with Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who, not coincidentally, also happens to have a record of Islamophobic statements, and who has now just pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

    As pointed out in one of my recent ilw.com comments, Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe has stated that Trump's latest tweet about Flynn is clear evidence of obstruction of justice by the president.


    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-11-2017 at 02:34 PM by MKolken
  13. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Director Homan says, "This tragedy could have been prevented if San Francisco had simply turned the alien over to ICE." Really, wasn't this man deported several times before this incident occurred?

    If he had been turned over to ICE instead of being released, this tragedy would have been avoided, but does anyone believe that he wouldn't have returned to the US after this deportation too? Or that he will not be back if he is turned over to ICE now to be deported?

    You won't reduce the occurrence of crime committed by aliens who are here in violation of law just by getting local police to cooperate with detainers.

    You also have to make interior enforcement effective and secure the border.

    Nolan Rappaport
  14. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Did Kelly do the same angry arm twisting with Elaine Duke this time that he did when he berated her for postponing a decision about expulsion of 86,000 Hondurans who also, along with the Haitians, don't fit in with the "Western" (i.e. white) "ancestry", "traditions" and "civilization" requirement which Trump outlined in his July 6 Warsaw speech as a condition for "protecting our borders".

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 11-21-2017 at 06:16 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  15. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I suspect that this is not an immigration issue at all. My guess is that it is about money. Medical expenses are a major problem now, and the Administration can save money by stopping undocumented aliens from coming here for free medical care.

    Like it or not, they have no legitimate claim for medical care in this country.

    Didn't Rosa's parents bring her here to get free medical treatment that wasn't available in their country. I read that somewhere. In any case, she needs medical care now.

    Anyone know anything about that issue?

    Nolan Rappaport

  16. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    What names is ICE using for its detention centers? Are "Dachau" and "Buechenwald" included?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  17. MKolken's Avatar
    Arrests of noncriminals this year are much, much lower than the peak enforcement years of the Obama administration.

    ICE Arrests Plummet under Trump Administration
  18. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    What are the comparative figures on immigration arrests and detention? Aren't those up under Trump compared to Obama?

    The Washington Post article in the above link says that immigration arrests are up 43 percent under Trump.

    And is the decrease in deportations due to lower enforcement in general, or is it because of greater Immigration Court backlogs due to a higher number of cases?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 10-04-2017 at 06:29 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  19. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The removal figures are misleading. Obama padded the figures by counting aliens caught at the border after making an entry without inspection. Removal of aliens from the interior went down during his administration.

    I am not suggesting that your comments are misleading, Matthew. They aren't. We are being mislead by the way the Obama administration collected and reported enforcement statistics.

    For more details go to this link.


    Nolan Rappaport
  20. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Posted by mistake. I hit the post key twice accidentally.
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