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  1. Border Patrol Arrests of Families and Children Are Lower

    by , 06-27-2018 at 02:43 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Syracuse University's TRAC:

    While there is a distinct month-to-month seasonality in the number of families and unaccompanied children picked up by the Border Patrol attempting to enter the country between official ports of entry, there is nothing particularly unusual about the number that have been arrested so far this year.

    Because the age of each individual is recorded in these detailed data, it is now possible to separately track the number of adults arriving with children over the past three and a half years. While numbers have increased in recent months, they are far from reaching record levels. A time series graph displaying the number of adults arriving with children is shown in Figure 1.


    In fact, the number of adults apprehended with children so far during FY 2018 (23,162) is still 14.5 percent lower than the number of adults arrested with children during the same seven-month period in FY 2017 (27,080). The number of unaccompanied children arrested by the Border Patrol this year is also down as compared with the same period during FY 2017.

    Further, in April 2018, the same month that Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the "zero tolerance" enforcement policy in response to the alleged crisis on the border, there were a total of 4,537 adults arriving with children, a relatively small number compared to the 24,876 adults arrested without children that same month.



    Click here for more of the report.
  2. Formerly Incarcerated Families Call on Governor Wolf to #ShutDownBerks

    by , 06-27-2018 at 07:22 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the Shut Down Berks Coalition:

    Today we want to center and amplify the voices of those who have always been the driving force of the campaign. The families who have been affected by the Berks County Detention Center.

    They are the experts of this prison and their message is clear. No family, no person, no child should be incarcerated at Berks or any other family detention center. That is why Governor Tom Wolf must #ShutDownBerks NOW!

    Listen to their messages right at the links below and share with your networks. A huge thank you to Michelle Angela Ortiz/ Artist for her ongoing work with these families and for these videos.

    About the Families

    Sofia
    - Sofia was detained at the Berks County Detention Center with her 14 year old son for 648 days.



    Lorena - Lorena was detained at the Berks County Detention Center with her 3 year old son for 663 days.Delmy - Delmy was detained at the Berks County Detention Center with her 7 year old son for 754 days.



    Waddah - Waddah was detained at the Berks County Detention Center with his 14 year old daughter for 6 months.



    These videos are apart of the Familias Separadas Project, a project created by artist MichelleAngela Ortiz. The project is a series of temporary site-specific public art works mark locations and documents stories of immigrant families affected by detention and deportations in Pennsylvania. Ortiz is currently working on Phase 2 of her project. Since March 2017, Ortiz has interviewed mothers and children formerly detained for close to 2 years at the Berks Detention Center.

    The three mothers featured were part of the fourteen families that were detained at Berks for more than 2 years. During their time in detention the mothers organized labor and hunger strikes as they fought for their freedom. 10 families were deported back to their home country returning to the violence they were fleeing, and 4 families were released in the United States still fighting against their possible deportation and living through the trauma of being detained.

    We want to thank these families for their unending strength and commitment to all of those seeking freedom. It is a honor to have them share their stories with us.

    In Solidarity,
    The Shut Down Berks Coalition

    The Shut Down Berks Coalition is a group of organizations, grassroots groups, churches and individuals fighting to close the Berks family prison in Pennsylvania and end the practice of imprisoning immigrant families in the U.S.

    Updated 06-27-2018 at 07:26 AM by MKolken

  3. ICE Agent Allegedly Breaks Foot and Detains Immigration Lawyer Surrendering Child for Deportation

    by , 06-26-2018 at 01:40 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via The Daily Beast:

    An immigration attorney said an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer broke her foot and locked her in a room early Tuesday morning in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Sharma Crawford attorneys at law issued the following update on their Facebook page:

    ICE IS OUT OF CONTROL

    This is from Attorney Andrea Martinez about what happened to her this morning. This is outrageous.


    Kansas City ICE ERO deportation officer Everett Chase pushed me and caused a fracture in my right foot this morning, as well as a bloody left leg. This was because he was mad that he had so many cameras filming him as he was deporting my 3-year-old client and his pregnant mother. Then he detained me and wouldn’t let me out of a locked ICE office and then called the Federal Protective Service (FPS) “police” and made up stories about me trying to “force my way” into the ICE lobby when he had originally invited us in and then forcibly pushed attorney Megan Galicia and I out.







    Click here
    for more.

    Updated 06-26-2018 at 02:23 PM by MKolken

  4. Asylum Seekers File Class Action Suit to be Reunited with their Children

    by , 06-26-2018 at 08:35 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    For Immediate Release

    June 25th, 2018
    Contact:
    Matt Adams, Legal Director, NWIRP
    206-957-8611, matt@nwirp.org

    Jorge L. Barón, Executive Director, NWIRP
    206-957-8609, jorge@nwirp.org





    Seattle, WA – Three women who were forcibly separated from their children by immigration officials when they entered the United States to seek asylum filed a lawsuit today in Seattle, Washington, on behalf of themselves and dozens of other separated families. The lawsuit seeks an order requiring immigration officials to immediately reunite the separated children with their parents and also challenges the government’s failure to move forward with their asylum claims. Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) filed the suit in federal district court on behalf of the separated families.

    The three women are part of a group of over two hundred asylum-seekers who were transferred from immigration detention centers in Texas to a prison in Washington State while waiting for immigration officials to begin processing their claims. Around fifty of the group originally arrived with children who were taken away from them by immigration officials without any explanation. They have not seen their children in over a month and some have not even been able to talk to their children by phone.

    The three women have also yet to have a “credible fear interview,” the first stage of review for their asylum claims, despite the fact that each of them has already been detained by immigration officials for over a month.

    The President issued an Executive Order on June 20, purporting to end his family separation policy, but this Executive Order does not address the families that have already been separated and instead directs immigration officials to detain any families that now enter the United States seeking asylum.

    The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include:

    Ibis Guzman, who fled Honduras with her five-year-old son after receiving death threats. She was separated from her child in Texas after asking to apply for asylum. Ms. Guzman’s son was sent to a facility in San Antonio, Texas, and she has not been able to see or talk to him for more than a month.

    Blanca Orantes, who escaped El Salvador after threats to her eight-year-old son, only to have Border Patrol take her boy away from her when she approached them asking to apply for asylum. Ms. Orantes’s son was sent to a facility in Kingston, New York, and she has not seen him for over a month, and has only recently been provided a phone number to reach him.

    Yolany Padilla, who left Honduras with her six-year-old son to seek protection in the United States. She was separated from him by immigration officials in Texas, despite informing them they were afraid to return to their home country. The immigration officials sent the boy to a facility in New York, and Ms. Padilla has not seen him since. She has only been able to talk to him once, about a month after their separation.

    The suit was filed on behalf of these three women but they will be asking the court for permission to represent all parents separated from their children who are detained in Washington State.

    “My son is all that I have,” said Blanca Orantes. “Every day I am not with him, I feel that I am dying inside. I need to be reunited with him immediately.”

    “The executive order falsely claims that Congress is required to change the law to avoid tearing children apart from their parents, but it is indisputable that this abomination was created by the President,” said Matt Adams, legal director for NWIRP. “The Trump administration’s policy on family separation blatantly violates fundamental constitutional rights as well as the most basic principles of human dignity.”

    The three plaintiffs are currently being detained either at the Federal Detention Center (FDC) in SeaTac, Washington, or the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington.

    To see a copy of the complaint filed in federal court, click here.
  5. Victims of Immigration Crime Enforcement (VOICE) Quarterly Report

    by , 06-22-2018 at 09:57 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Take this for what it's worth:

    Overview

    U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) protects America from the cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety. To carry out that mission, Ice focuses on smart immigration enforcement, preventing terrorism, and combating transnational criminal threats. The agency has an annual budget of approximately $6 billion, primarily devoted to three operational directorates—Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA). A fourth directorate—Management and Administration (M&A)—supports the three operational branches to advance the Ice mission.

    • ERO upholds U.S. immigration law at, within, and beyond our borders. ERO’s work is critical to the enforcement of immigration law against those who present a danger to our national security,are a threat to public safety, or who otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration system.
    • HSI is the principal investigative component within the Department of Homeland Security(DHS), which conducts transnational criminal investigations that protect the United States against threats to national security and brings to justice those seeking to exploit U.S. customs and immigration laws worldwide.
    • OPLA is the largest legal program in DHS and serves as the exclusive representative of DHS inimmigration removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, litigatingall removal cases including those against criminal aliens, terrorists, and human rights abusers.

    The Executive Order titled Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States directed Ice's Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE) to create quarterly reports studying the effects of the victimization by criminal aliens present in the United States.

    This report provides anonymized case studies to depict the types of victims assisted by the VOICE Office since it launched on April 26, 2017, through September 30, 2017.The VOICE Office has several key objectives that include:

    • Using a victim-centered approach to acknowledge and support victims and their families;
    • Promoting awareness of available services to crime victims; and
    • Building collaborative partnerships with community stakeholders assisting victims.

    ICE established a toll-free hotline staffed with operators who triage calls to ensure victims receive the support they need. The number is 1-855-48-VOICE or 1-855-488-6423.

    The type of assistance the VOICE Office offers includes:

    • Establishing local contacts to help with unique victim requests;
    • Linking victims with ICE Community Relations Officers (CROs) who serve as local representatives to help victims understand the immigration enforcement and removal process;
    • Providing access to social service professionals who are able to refer victims to local resources and direct service providers;
    • Assisting individuals in signing up to receive automated custody status information through the DHS-Victim Information and Notification Exchange (DHS-VINE); and
    • To the extent permitted by law or policy, providing information about the offender, including the offender's immigration status and custody status, and answering questions and concerns regarding immigration enforcement.

    Click here
    for the report.

    Updated 06-22-2018 at 10:22 AM by MKolken

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