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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. Obama Has Spent $834 Million on Deportation Charter Flights Since 2009

    by , 03-31-2016 at 09:54 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Amoachi and Johnson:

    "From 2009 to 2016, you will see how much Immigration and Customs Enforcement paid private aviation companies on a year-by year basis.

    As you can see
    , from 2009 to 2014, the Obama administration’s payments for deportation flights increased with every year as follows: 2009: $49 million; 2010: $104 million; 2011: $106 million; 2012: $129 million; 2013: $130 million; 2014: $165 million.

    In Fiscal Year 2015, the first year after DHS Secretary Johnson’s November 20, 2014 'priorities' memo, spending precipitously dropped by $72 million from the previous year and the lowest since 2009, Obama’s first year office."

    Approximately half-way through Fiscal Year 2016 the Department of Homeland Security has spent $57,354,014.00 on contracts to private companies through Immigration and Customs Enforcement Enforcement and Removal Operations for deportation charter flights.

    Click here for the original blog post.

    Updated 03-31-2016 at 09:58 AM by MKolken

  2. Chief Judge Responds to Demand to Stop Expediting Deportations of Children

    by , 03-30-2016 at 06:40 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Acting Chief Immigration Judge Michael C. McGoings's response to Amoachi and Johnson's January 19, 2016 request to cease prioritizing the deportation of children:

  3. Obama Admin argues appointing lawyers to kids destroys deportation framework

    by , 03-28-2016 at 01:52 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    A government attorney told a federal judge Thursday that appointing attorneys for all children facing deportation would "destroy the framework of the immigration system."

    The Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union battled over several motions in a four-hour long hearing stemming from a case that seeks court-appointed attorneys for thousands of undocumented children whom the government has already started deporting.

    The ACLU and immigrant rights groups sued the government in 2014 in a class action claiming the only way children can get a fair immigration hearing is to provide them with counsel.

    Click here for more ridiculousness.
  4. The Obama Administration Prepares for Mass Deportation of Muslims

    by , 03-25-2016 at 07:47 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via #Not1More:

    March 24, 2016 – New York, NY

    Immigration authorities have begun transporting South Asian detainees to Florence, Arizona, as a staging ground for impending mass deportation. Many of the Muslim migrants from Bangladesh being transported were participants in the #Freedomgiving hunger strikes at the end of 2015 that roiled a dozen detention centers across the country and brought attention to the prolonged, unjustified, and discriminatory detention of Muslim and South Asian migrants.

    One of the detainees, who gave a name of Manik and is scheduled to be deported as well, said that “they are gathering all of us here from across the different jails, but none of the men here want to be sent back. Most are terrified and crying about what will happen to them if they are sent back.”

    As Candidates Trump and Cruz stir anti-Muslim sentiment calling for the surveillance, ban, and deportation of Muslims — the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama Administration is already racially profiling and discriminating against Muslim migrants, by holding detainees for indefinite and extended periods of time, setting unusually high bond amounts, and now preparing to deport Muslim detainees en masse to their potential deaths.

    “It is alarming that the State Department is getting involved in matters of immigration, detention, and deportation, and so recklessly jeopardizing the lives of asylum-seeking migrants who are escaping repressive and dangerous conditions,” said Fahd Ahmed, Executive Director of DRUM (Desis Rising Up & Moving). DRUM has coordinated hunger strikes and advocacy efforts for the detainees over the last 6 months. He added that “their lives have been further endangered by the mishandling of their cases and confidential information by the U.S. government.”

    In violation of international law, the names and personal information of the detainees were given to the Bangladeshi government by the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh, and their names were then leaked and published by the Bangladeshi media. And in violation of their own protocols, the detainees may be expelled despite being witnesses and victims to civil rights violations that are under open investigation by the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties within DHS.

    “While many have rightfully condemned the anti-Muslim rhetoric spewed during ongoing presidential campaigns, our current policies are just as terrifying. We call on the State Department and DHS to immediately halt these deportations and for administration officials to end these policies that single out Muslim migrants,” adds Linda Sarsour, Director of MPower Change.

    Activists raise grave concerns for the men’s safety and have begun using the hashtag #Deported2Death to highlight the consequence of their potential removals and are calling on the State Department and Department of Homeland Security to cancel their removals and allow them to pursue their asylum claims.

    The petition is hosted by the #Not1More Campaign at:
  5. Transgender Women Abused in Immigration Detention Face Sexual Assault and Torture

    by , 03-24-2016 at 09:34 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Human Rights Watch has issued a report entitled ‘Do You See How Much I’m Suffering Here?’: Abuse against Transgender Women in US Immigration Detention.” The report documents 28 cases of transgender women held by the Obama administration in deportation jails between 2011 and 2015. More than half of the transgender women were detained in all men facilities where they were isolated in solitary confinement, allegedly for their own protection, resulting in additional trauma and psychological torture.

    Follow Matthew Kolken on Twitter @mkolken.

    Updated 03-24-2016 at 10:17 AM by MKolken

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