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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. Judge Denies Motion to Terminate Deportation of Unaccompanied Child

    by , 02-10-2015 at 10:08 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    On February 4, 2015, Immigration Judge Mary Cheng issued a decision denying a motion to terminate removal filed on behalf of an unaccompanied child by the law firm of Amoachi and Johnson. What is surprising about the decision is not that Judge Cheng dismissed the motion. Sadly, that was predictable. What raises an eyebrow is that in denying the motion Judge Cheng found that even if the Obama administration had abused and neglected this child while in custody in violation of "agency procedures" that termination of proceedings was not justified because there was an "influx of minors" coming to the United States.

    Unfortunately, it is perfectly acceptable to fail to provide adequate food, clothing, water, and shelter to children so long as there are too many of them.

    Here is a redacted copy of the decision:

    Updated 02-10-2015 at 10:13 AM by MKolken

  2. BIA: Detention of Children to Deter Future Migration is Not Warranted

    by , 02-06-2015 at 09:25 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Board of Immigration Appeals has dismissed the Obama administration's appeal of an Immigration Judge's grant of a change in custody status concluding that "the extraordinary remedy" of holding women and children asylum seekers without bond in order to deter future waves of mass migration is unwarranted. It should be noted that this was the argument advanced by the Obama administration on appeal to justify their "no-bond" policy. Shameful.

    Click here
    to read the redacted decision.

    Updated 02-06-2015 at 09:37 PM by MKolken

  3. Lawsuit Alleges Obama Admin Regularly Abusing and Neglecting Children

    by , 02-03-2015 at 04:33 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, and others, have filed a motion with the United States District Court for the Central District of California alleging that the Obama administration has failed to comply with a 1997 class action settlement that established minimum national standards for the detention, release, treatment and housing of children detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on suspicion of being present in the U.S. without authorization.

    The motion argues that the Obama administration's "no-release" policy is a material breach of the settlement by failing to minimize the detention of children, and their mothers, and by routinely jailing children in unlicensed detention facilities where they are regularly exposed to harsh, and substandard conditions and treatment.

    Humane deportations and all.

    Click here to read the full motion.

    Updated 02-05-2015 at 02:15 PM by MKolken

  4. Statistics Show Obama Administration is Arresting Immigrants at Unprecedented Levels

    by , 01-26-2015 at 10:12 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics recently released a report confirming what I have long been saying: the Obama administration is targeting immigrants for prosecution at unprecedented levels in order to bolster criminal deportation statistics to the benefit of serious criminals.

    From the report:

    The number of federal arrests declined from 179,034 in 2010 to 172,248 in 2012. The decline in arrests was due to decreases across several offense types, including property (down 3,381), drug (down 2,786), and supervision violations (down 2,607). During this period, arrests for immigration offenses increased by 3,203. Illegal immigration (50%) was the most common arrest offense in 2012, followed by drug (15%) and supervision (13%) violations. From 2010 to 2012, arrests for regulatory offenses increased from 266 to 300 (average annual increase of 6%). Sex offense arrests increased at the next fastest rate (up 3% per year), followed by immigration offenses (up 2%). During this period, fraud offenses (down 10% per year) declined the most, followed by other property (down 6%) and supervision (down 5%) offenses.

    Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration compiles more recent statistics. They have found that during FY 2014 the Obama administration reported 86,574 new immigration prosecutions. TRAC also found that prosecutions for immigration related crimes under the Obama administration are up 129 percent from 2004, and up 1,406 percent from 1994.

    Remember when President Obama said deportations of "criminals" are up 70 percent under his administration? Well, now you know why.

    Updated 01-29-2015 at 09:50 AM by MKolken

  5. Briefing on the State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities

    by , 01-22-2015 at 10:52 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    For immediate release

    January 14, 2015

    U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces Briefing on the State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities

    Media contact: Marlene Sallo
    Staff Director
    (202) 376-8591

    Immigration detention, which is non-criminal custody while awaiting deportation or right to stay, has become one of the fastest-growing and least-examined types of incarceration in the U.S. Because of reports of severe abuse of detainees, including minors, the Commission will examine equal protection concerns and Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement treatment of adult and minor detainees in representative detention facilities under federal law.

    WHAT: Briefing on "State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities"

    WHEN: January 30, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4 PM Eastern


    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
    1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1150
    Washington, DC 20425 (Entrance on F Street NW)

    LIVE STREAM: The briefing will be live-streamed at and the link will also be accessible via our website before the briefing at:


    Mariso Bono, MALDEF
    Michelle Brane, Women's Refugee Commission
    Steven Conry, Corrections Corp of America
    Franklin C. Jones, Customs and Border Protection
    Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media Group
    Bob Libal, Grassroots Leadership
    Karen Lucas, American Immigration Lawyers Assn
    Megan Mack, Dept of Homeland Security
    Mary Meg McCarthy, Natl Immigrant Justice Center
    Phebia Moreland, The GEO Group
    Sister Norma Pimentel, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
    Elizabeth Sohn, Dept of Health and Human Services
    David Stacy, Human Rights Campaign
    Carl Takei, ACLU Natl Prison Project.

    A final speaker list will be available before the briefing.

    Deaf or hearing-impaired persons who will attend the meeting and require the services of a sign language interpreter should contact Pam Dunston at (202) 376-8105 at least seven business days prior to the briefing.

    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issuing a federal civil rights enforcement report. For information about Commission’s reports and meetings, visit

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