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  1. Haitian Refugees Jailed by U.S. Immigration

    by , 04-10-2010 at 09:12 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    "More than two months after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, at least 30 survivors who were waved onto planes by Marines in the chaotic aftermath are prisoners of the United States immigration system, locked up since their arrival in detention centers" ~The Global Report
  2. Obama's Immigration Policy: More Rogue than Right.

    by , 04-07-2010 at 06:30 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

  3. DHS Report Criticizes 287(g) Immigration Program

    by , 04-05-2010 at 07:03 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    "A new federal report has criticized the Immigration and Customs
    Enforcement's 287(g) program, which gives state and local law
    enforcement agencies authority to enforce immigration laws. The
    Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General found the
    program does not have adequate safeguards against racial profiling and
    other civil rights abuses.  In addition, the report said local police
    officers have misused the program by targeting undocumented immigrants
    who have been arrested for minor offenses. The report states "g) program
    is meeting its intended purpose, or that resources are being
    appropriately targeted toward aliens who pose the greatest risk to
    public safety and the community." Critics of the program say many
    immigrants will no longer call the local police help out of fear they
    could be arrested and deported. Laura Murphy of the American Civil
    Liberties Union said: "The 287(g) program, as this latest report
    confirms, all but abandons the constitutional guarantees of fair
    treatment and due process, and encourages racial and ethnic
    profiling.""~Democracy Now!
  4. Why does it take being shamed by the New York Times for the Obama Administration to do the right thing?

    by , 04-02-2010 at 06:18 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Nina Bernstein has reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement released three dozen Haitian earthquake survivors from immigration detention in Florida yesterday.   This was after more than two months in ICE custody.
    "Among the first to be freed was Jackson Ulysse, 20, whose request for
    release described how sounds in the jail made him fear another
    earthquake and panic that he would not be able to get out. He had been
    trapped when his family's apartment building collapsed in the quake, in
    which many relatives died.
    He and his brother, Reagan Ulysse, 25, had been detained together until
    March 11, when Reagan was abruptly transferred to a distant immigration
    jail, leaving Jackson not knowing where he was." -Nina Bernstein, N.Y. Times. So let me ask you this, why does it take an embarrassing article from the New York Times to shame the Obama administration into doing the right thing for immigrants?It took a march on Washington for President Obama to even give lip-service to the issue of immigration reform, and prior to the bad publicity he seemed content with doing nothing to address the promises he made when campaigning.In all fairness, I do understand that the President has a lot of his plate these days.  After all, the business of deporting 400,000 immigrants in 2010 is taking up a fair amount of his administration's resources.Appalling doesn't even begin to describe it.


  5. Rushed From Haiti, Then Jailed for Lacking Visas

    by , 04-01-2010 at 06:40 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    More of Nina Bernstein's fantastic reporting:"In Haiti, some were pulled from the rubble, their legal advocates say.
    Some lost parents, siblings or children. Many were seeking food, safety
    or medical care at the Port-au-Prince airport when terrifying
    aftershocks prompted hasty evacuations by military transports, with no
    time for immigration processing. None have criminal histories.
    But when they landed in the United States without visas, they were taken
    into custody by immigration authorities and held for deportation, even
    though deportations to Haiti have been suspended indefinitely since the
    earthquake. Legal advocates who stumbled on the survivors in February at
    the Broward County Transitional Center, a privately operated
    immigration jail in Pompano Beach, Fla., have tried for weeks to
    persuade government officials to release them to citizen relatives who
    are eager to take them in, letters and affidavits show." My colleague
    David Leopold has said it best: this Administration's treatment of immigrant detainees is "a national disgrace."  President Obama should be ashamed of himself.
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