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  1. New York Times Reports that ICE Covers-up the Abuse of Immigrants Held in Immigration Detention

    by , 01-11-2010 at 06:26 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    My Client has been held in the Elizabeth, N.J. Detention Facility for approximately six months.  The moment he was taken into ICE custody at the border crossing at Buffalo, New York he advised the detaining officers that he has a medical condition that requires ongoing treatment. 

     
    After being taken into custody in Buffalo, ICE moved my client to the Detention Facility in Batavia, New York.  Approximately one week later they moved him again to the Detention Facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  The facility in Batavia is about a thirty minute drive from my office in Buffalo, New York, and is both clean and professional.  The Detention facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey is approximately 400 miles from my office, and is a vile and disgusting windowless warehouse. 

     
    The move was made by ICE despite the fact that the Court with jurisdiction over the port of entry where my client was taken into custody was in Buffalo, and that ICE was on notice that my client was being represented by counsel in Buffalo, New York. 

     
    Since being taken away from his lawyer and being moved to New Jersey my client's medical condition has worsened. The Detention Facility in Elizabeth has ignored his repeated requests for treatment, and continues to hold him despite an urgent medical need. 

     
    As a result of the deprivation of medical care my client has been unable to assist in his own defense, thereby depriving him of his right to a fundamentally fair hearing.  We filed a motion to terminate his case which was denied by the Immigration Judge. 

     
    We are scheduled for another hearing this week on the issue of political asylum.  My client has no criminal convictions, and has established a preliminary fear of persecution, and yet he languishes in immigration custody without his medicine.

     
    It is both shocking and disgusting that this type of barbarism is allowed to continue and is covered up by the very animals that hold the keys to the cages.

    What has our country come to?

    "The Obama administration has vowed to overhaul immigration detention, a haphazard network of privately run jails, federal centers and county cells where the government holds noncitizens while it tries to deport them.
    But as the administration moves to increase oversight within the agency, the documents show how officials -- some still in key positions -- used their role as overseers to cover up evidence of mistreatment, deflect scrutiny by the news media or prepare exculpatory public statements after gathering facts that pointed to substandard care or abuse." ~Nina Berstein, New York Times published 1-9-10









  2. Obama's Immigration Policy: Enforcement First, Reform Later, but Don't Hold Your Breath

    by , 01-07-2010 at 06:39 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The New York Times has reported that Federal immigration officials detained nine immigrants on January 6, 2010 in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and ordered 49 more that were stopped to report to federal authorities for a determination of whether they are in the

    Updated 04-12-2016 at 01:11 PM by MKolken

  3. Immigration activist texts warnings about sheriff's sweeps

    by , 01-04-2010 at 08:21 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)







     
  4. ICE has secret detention and torture network within US borders [Video]

    by , 12-28-2009 at 05:40 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    Updated 04-12-2016 at 12:03 PM by MKolken

  5. Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 14

    by , 12-24-2009 at 05:08 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The American Immigration Council Legal Action Center has released the December issue of the Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter.
    This issue covers: "the Supreme Court's grant of certiorari in an immigration case involving whether a second drug possession offense is an aggravated felony, a new LAC resource on motions to suppress, favorable court of appeals' decisions on detention and crimes of violence, and res judicata in removal proceedings."
    Click here to read the newsletter in .pdf format.
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