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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. Husband Begs Obama to Release Wife and Daughter After 11 Months in Deportation Jail

    by , 05-12-2015 at 09:44 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    Oscar Herrera has spent the past 11 months hoping that the government would release his wife and daughter from the Karnes County Residential Center, a family immigration detention center, located in Karnes City, Texas. Fleeing violence in El Salvador, Herrera’s wife Karen Morales Sanchez, 25, and their eight-year-old daughter Yoana made the 1,600-plus mile trek to the southern U.S. border, pleading for asylum to stay in the country. But once Herrera’s wife and daughter surrendered to Border Patrol agents, they were put in the Karnes detention facility, without given the ability to pay a bond to secure their conditional release.

    Apparently President Obama heard Hillary Clinton's "clear message" that “just because your child gets across the border, that doesn't mean the child gets to stay.”
  2. Immigrant Family Released from Deportation Jail After 9 Months

    by , 05-11-2015 at 09:52 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)


    According to Virginia Raymond, the attorney for the asylum-seeking family from El Salvador that has been held in a detention center for over 9 months, an immigration hearing that began on Apr 28 ended on Wednesday with the release of Maria Marquez and her three daughters.

    The judge's order granted the children asylum and suspended deportation proceedings against Marquez. The family was released from the Department of Homeland Security's detention center in Karnes, TX on Thursday, and is currently staying with Raymond prior to moving in with extended family on the east coast.

    The family members, who fled gang violence and extortion, were arrested on July 31 and have been held in Karnes since Aug 1.

    Updated 05-11-2015 at 09:54 AM by MKolken

  3. DHS Admits to Violating Own Policies Regarding Children in Custody

    by , 05-05-2015 at 08:57 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The following affidavit was discovered by immigration lawyer Bryan Johnson who writes:

    In a sworn affidavit dated February 27, 2015, Chief Border Patrol Agent for the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, Kevin W. Oaks, admitted to several policies that result in torture of children in border patrol’s holding cells.

    The affidavit was filed by DHS in defense of Plaintiffs’ motion to enforce the Flores Settlement, which is close to a resolution in favor of all of the children victims.

    Courtesy of Bryan Johnson

    Updated 05-05-2015 at 09:06 AM by MKolken

  4. The Detention of Immigrants is a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry

    by , 05-05-2015 at 06:37 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    Courtesy of Brave New Films:

    Private prisons such as the CCA (Corrections Corporation of America) own over 200 facilities in the nation and makes a profit close to 5 billion dollars per year on inmates. They rely on anti-immigrant laws like Arizona's SB1070 and copycat laws across the nation for fresh inmates and continual profit.

    5:58 Mother and son, Emily and Logan, suffer the repercussions of private prison greed as they commute to her husband's final court date in Georgia, the victim of anti-immigration laws.

    8:47 "El Refugio" offers free food and overnight housing for families visiting loved ones in the detention centers. The CCA tries to prevent this service by escorting anyone handing out fliers off the premises. Family members share testimonials about how these prisons do not accommodate inmates who have health conditions such as diabetes.

    11:22 Public Health Services denied urgent medical attention to detainee, Roberto Marinez-Medina, who was arrested for not having a valid drivers license. He died a month later.

    14:31 American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, pours millions of dollars into creating anti-immigration laws like SB1070 for their own benefit. ALEC "persuades" town officials. They claim that private prisons cut public budgets, but the reality is different.

    17:12 The detention center of Littlefield, TX sucked the town dry. The city invested a large amount of money into a facility and did not get much in return. Many businesses closed down and the hospital nearly did as well.

    18:40 A former detainee recalls the numerous injustices she lived through in prison.

    23:58 The GEO Group, Inc is heavily invested in providing immigration detention services for the federal government. A mother of a mentally ill man who was detained because of his immigration status shares her story of frustration. He was beaten by officials and sent to the hospital while in custody.

    27:53 An ex-CCA Florida Correctional Officer shares what she has witnessed and why she was terminated. CCA has made it very difficult for her to find a job.

    31:30 Pembroke Pines residents talk about how CCA prisons are affecting their communities. 98% are opposed to the new detention center.
  5. Marine Fights for Her Deported Husband

    by , 05-04-2015 at 09:22 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    An honorably discharge Marine, Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Perez, has been fighting unsuccessfully since 2010 to have her deported husband Marcos returned to her and her children.

    Updated 05-04-2015 at 09:39 AM by MKolken

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