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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. Bernie Sanders Questions Obama on Immigration Enforcement

    by , 02-11-2016 at 08:20 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Bernie Sander has written a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson questioning the Obama administration's Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), finding that the program has failed in its stated goal of supporting local law enforcement’s mission to promote community safety.

    He writes:

    As currently implemented, PEP is not accomplishing this goal. It seems that DHS has merely made minor stylistic changes to detainer requests and implemented those stylistic changes in jurisdictions that sought to limit their involvement with SCOMM. In remaining jurisdictions, it isour understanding that DHS continues the failed SCOMM program, albeit with a new name.There is little evidence that ICE is following the directives and priorities laid out in your memoranda, or that there is any oversight or accountability within the agency to follow the policies you established.

    As a result, Senator Sanders has requested the following:

    1. The names and number of jurisdictions that: (a) DHS has prioritized for participation in PEP; (b) agreed to participate in PEP; (c) currently contemplating participation in PEP;and (d) refused to participate in PEP. Additionally, please provide clarity regarding what participation in PEP entails, and whether it is limited to detainer requests or includes additional ICE access to state and local jurisdictions. Please provide copies of all memorandums and other records formalizing participation in PEP by all jurisdictions.

    2. Please provide data regarding the number of requests for notification and detainers issued by ICE, broken down by month, state, facility name, offense seriousness level,enforcement priority level, from November 2014 to present.

    3. Please provide information regarding whether an immigrant subject to a request for notification or detainer has physical access to the form while in custody, as well as a statistical breakdown of whether requests for notification/detainer are transmitted electronically, by paper, or by phone.

    4. What training or guidance has DHS provided to ICE agents to understand and complywith PEP and other changes directed in the PEP Memorandum?

    5. Please explain how ICE interprets PEP’s requirement for probable cause to issue an immigration detainer and what guidance DHS issued to agents on the use of the “special circumstances” exception? Please list the jurisdictions where ICE continues to issue requests for detention instead of requests for notification.

    6. Please provide more information regarding Director Sarah Saldafla’s comments at the December 2, 2015 Senate Committee on the Judiciary oversight hearing where she stated that she is “currently considering whether or not it makes sense at this point. . . to expand 287(g) and the Secretary and [her] will be discussing that further.”

    7. Please provide information whether ICE intends to comply with a March 5, 2015 FOIA request (2015-ICAP-00377) submitted by the Benjamin M. Cardozo School of Law, Asian Americans Advance Justice, and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network regarding records related to PEP. Please explain why the ICE FOIA unit has still not,nearly a year after the submission of the FOIA, provided the responsive records.

    8 Please elaborate whether DHS plans on expanding the 287(g) program and whether that expansion would entail the resumption of the task force model, expansion of jail agreements, or both.

    Click here to read the letter in its entirety.

    Updated 03-15-2016 at 09:39 AM by MKolken

  2. Texas Putting Lipstick on Deportation Internment Camps for Children

    by , 02-08-2016 at 12:32 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Texas wants you to believe that if you call deportation jails "child care" centers you can whitewash child abuse.

    From Think Progress:

    Texas state officials are moving ahead with a proposal to license controversial detention centers for detained immigrant families as child care facilities.

    The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Council submitted a proposed rule last week that would create a child care licensing category at two family detention centers located in Dilley and Karnes City. The proposed rule is up for consideration with the state’s Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), though it’s as yet unknown when the commission will make a final decision, the Texas Observer reported.

    The two Texas detention centers currently have the capacity to hold more than 2,000 detained women and children who are waiting for their court cases to be adjudicated. The federal government has contracts with three private prison-operated facilities in Texas and Pennsylvania to detain and process Central American women and children who began showing up in large numbers since the 2014 fiscal year.

    It is simply unfathomable that the United States continues the fight to jail refugee children in deportation internment camps where they are subjected to neglect, abuse, and torture. State officials in Texas should send their own children to these "child care" facilities for a week, and see how they fare.
  3. Obama is Still Prioritizing the Deportation of Refugee Children

    by , 02-05-2016 at 08:23 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    On February 3, 2015, the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) issued a memorandum advising immigration judges to reassess the scheduling of specific types of deportation cases. This is the first time there has been a formal change of docketing priorities since the summer of 2014, when the Obama administration decided to fast track refugee children through the deportation process, preferably without a lawyer.

    This is great news right? Obama is finally prioritizing the deportation of serious criminals like he has repeatedly said he would? Wrong. Refugee children are still number one the deportation priority list.

    Here is the order:

    • Unaccompanied children that aren't in custody;
    • Mothers with their children that aren't in custody;
    • Mothers with children that are in custody;
    • And finally recent border crossers in custody.

    After immigration judges schedule all of the above for a deportation hearing they can then turn their attention to deporting serious criminal and national security risks.

  4. License for Immigration Baby Jail in Pennsylvania Revoked

    by , 01-29-2016 at 11:14 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has just slammed the door on Obama's deportation baby jail, euphemistically known as Berks County Family Residential Center, located in Leesport, Pennsylvania.

    Click here to read the letter revoking the baby jail's certificate of compliance that would have expired on February 21, 2017.

    Score one for the good guys.

    Updated 01-29-2016 at 11:41 AM by MKolken

  5. Family Detention Doctor Under Investigation

    by , 01-19-2016 at 12:47 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Bryan Johnson:

    On October 1, 2015, we made a request to discipline 4 physicians in connection severe medical neglect of a minor client detained at the Dilley children's jail. The complaints against 3 out of 4 were dismissed. Today, we received this letter informing us that one of the physicians was is still active.

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