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  1. Dangerous and Substandard Medical Care in US Immigration Detention

    by , 05-09-2017 at 05:54 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)


    Via Human Rights Watch:

    Annual reports by the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security make clear that recommendations stemming from allegations of abusive conditions in detention facilities are regularly sent to ICE, but ICE often does not respond for years or responds in ways that are deemed completely inadequate to CRCL. In its 2015 report to Congress, CRCL states it sent ICE 49 recommendations regarding an unnamed facility in Arizona that mentions the number of suicides in recent years, making clear it is Eloy Detention Center. It took ICE two years to respond to these recommendations, concurring in 19, but CRCL stated it “[d]oes not believe that ICE responded appropriately to the other 30 recommendations.”

    Over two-thirds of individuals in immigration detention are held in facilities operated by private prison companies, and these facilities in recent years have come under particular scrutiny by advocates, investigative journalists, and government bodies. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP), the federal prison system, also has private prisons run by the same companies.

    Click here to download the full report.

    Updated 05-09-2017 at 07:36 AM by MKolken

  2. Top ICE Official Moving to Largest Private Prison Company In Country

    by , 05-09-2017 at 05:18 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the Daily Beast:

    Daniel Ragsdale, the official in question, is second-in-command at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency tasked with arresting, detaining, and deporting undocumented immigrants. He was temporarily the head of the agency until President Donald Trump named his replacement in January, before becoming the deputy director. Ragsdale is expected to start his new job at GEO Group, the Boca Raton-based private prison company, in a few weeks. It isn’t clear what his new title there will be.

    Click here for more of the story.

    Also see: The Democrats’ Uneasy Connection to Private Profit Deportation Jails
  3. MS 13 Gang Member with Assault Convictions Removed to El Salvador

    by , 05-08-2017 at 01:42 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Immigration and Customs Enforcement:



    WASHINGTON – A 35-year-old El Salvadoran man was removed to his home country Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers.

    Ingmar Guandique-Blanco, a documented MS-13 gang member, was transferred to the proper law enforcement authorities upon his arrival in El Salvador. Guandique traveled via ground transportation from Virginia to Pennsylvania where he boarded a flight to Alexandria, Louisiana. From there, ICE officers removed him from the United States onboard an ICE Air Operations flight, which departed Alexandria International Airport in Louisiana, and made its way to San Salvador International Airport in El Salvador.

    “Mr. Guandique unlawfully entered the United States, and once here, continued to violate U.S. laws by assaulting innocent victims,” said Matthew Munroe, acting ERO Washington field office director. “As a result of his actions, he has been removed to his home country of El Salvador.”

    Guandique unlawfully entered the United States at an unknown location and on an unknown date. His criminal record is lengthy, dating back to May 2001 when he was arrested on local charges by Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department. In February 2002, he was sentenced to 10 years of incarceration on each of two counts for assault with intent to commit robbery. In February 2011, he was convicted of first degree murder, but after requesting a new trial, his case was later dismissed.

    On June 30, 2016, ERO Washington officers assumed custody of Guandique from the Washington, D.C. Central Detention Facility after the murder charges against him were dismissed. He was subsequently issued a notice to appear in immigration court. On March 3, an immigration judge issued Guandique a final order of removal which enabled ICE to remove him to El Salvador.

    Prior to his removal, Guandique was detained at Farmville Detention Center in Virginia.
  4. Buffalo Chief Counsel Office Closure for Move to New Offices

    by , 05-05-2017 at 09:19 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    I have been contacted by Buffalo's Chief Counsel Carla Hengerer who advises that as of 12:00 noon today until May 10, 2017 their Buffalo office located at 130 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York will be closed due to a move to their new office location at:

    Buffalo Office of Chief Counsel
    250 Delaware Avenue
    7th Floor
    Buffalo, NY 14202

    Chief Counsel's office located at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia, New York will be unaffected by the move, and in the interim Deputy Chief Counsel Carol Bridge may be contacted regarding cases scheduled before the Court in Buffalo. Be aware there will be no phone service in Buffalo during this time.

    Chief Counsel Hengerer also advises that trial attorneys will be attending court in Buffalo, and that motions for continuances for scheduled cases will not be filed due to the down time.
  5. Credible Fear grant rate under Trump similar to rate under Obama

    by , 05-05-2017 at 08:10 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via NPR's Latino USA:

    The following charts display the yearly summaries of total credible fear workloads, from Fiscal Year 2014 through Fiscal Year 2017. So far, case receipts for FY 2017 (currently at 50,475) and decisions (49,917) are on track to match or exceed the FY 2016 receipts (94,048) and decisions (92,990).

    The first four months of FY 2017 (October-January) saw some of the highest monthly number of case receipts and decisions in the past four fiscal years. In addition, the first full month of President Trump’s term in office (February, 2017) saw 6,148 receipts and 8,264 decisions, a higher number than February, 2016.

    In addition, for the first two full months of Trump’s term (February and March, 2017), 75.3% of decisions led to a fear being established (meaning that immigration court proceedings most likely started), with 11.1% leading to a fear not being established (likely meaning that a person was immediately removed).

    During FY 2016, that rate was at about 79% for a fear being established and 10.6% for a fear not being established. In FY 2015, the fear established rate was 70% and the fear not established rate was 16.7%. In FY 2014, the fear established rate was 72% and the fear not established rate was 18.2%.










    Click here for more of the report.
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