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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. The Obama Admin is Still Torturing Immigrant Children in Deportation Internment Camps

    by , 09-21-2015 at 10:14 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The following update is from Professor Jenny Doyle who along with a team of volunteer immigration lawyers is fighting the Obama administration's shameful, and unlawful practice of jailing immigrant mothers and children in substandard conditions at a for profit deportation internment camp located in Dilley, Texas in direct violation of a federal court order.

    "Many of us have been moved by the human refugee tragedy in Europe. My heart breaks to report that similar tragedies are taking place in our own backyard. This week I am humbled to be part of a cadre of attorneys from across the US working near the border providing pro bono legal services to women and children detained.

    The dry terrain, and cacti in the foreground of the endless TX sky where children are housed and clean water is a commodity is nothing compared to the wake up call of shock with 7 a.m. coughs of children on their mother's hips-all detained. My last mommy client tonight had a seven year old with puss coming out of his eyes and a 108 fever accompanied with two weeks of diarrhea. She held his limp body as the legal team forced medical care for this child and I quickly took a sworn affidavit that this child has only been given water and Tylenol."

    There simply are no words.

    Updated 09-22-2015 at 08:28 AM by MKolken

  2. Ballooning Wait Times for Hearing Dates in Overworked Immigration Courts

    by , 09-21-2015 at 04:02 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    From Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration:

    There were nearly a half million individual deportation cases (456,644) pending before the judges in the nation's clearly overwhelmed Immigration Courts at the end of August, according to the very latest information obtained from the U.S. Department of Justice and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). This backlog has been rising steadily for nearly a decade and has reached yet another new all-time high.

    As a result, the average wait time for an individual in the Immigration Court's pending cases list has also reached an all-time high of 635 calendar days. But this average wait time only measures how long these individuals have already been waiting, not how much longer they will have to wait before their cases are resolved.

    The severity of the rapidly growing crisis was revealed last January, when the court issued thousands of letters notifying individuals that their cases would be delayed for nearly five years more — until November 29, 2019.

    Figure 1. Number of Cases Pending in Immigration Court

    TRAC determined that the immigration court backlog increased by more than 100,000 cases from the 344,230 that were pending at the beginning of FY 2014.

    For more details see TRAC's Immigration Court Backlog tool, updated monthly.
  3. Documentary on how children and their families come to terms with deportation

    by , 09-16-2015 at 08:57 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Deportation Of Innocence: a documentary on how children and their families come to terms with deportation.

    "Hundreds of thousands of families in the United States and Mexico have been affected by deportation.

    The Deportation of Innocence is a documentary that depicts how children and their families struggle to come to terms with deportation and the hardship that remains long after a person is ripped apart from their loved ones.

    For the children, the memory of deportation will linger forever.

    This is their story."

  4. Foreign-Born Share Falls Among 14 Largest U.S. Hispanic Origin Groups

    by , 09-15-2015 at 09:35 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Media Contact: Molly Rohal, 202-419-4318,

    The Impact of Slowing Immigration: Foreign-Born Share Falls Among 14 Largest U.S. Hispanic Origin Groups

    As immigration from Latin America slows, the immigrant share among each of the nation’s 14 largest Hispanic origin groups is in decline, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Overall, the share of the Hispanic population that is foreign born has decreased from 40% in 2000 to 35% in 2013.

    The foreign-born share of Salvadorans fell from 76% in 2000 to 59% in 2013 – the largest percentage point decline of any of the six largest Hispanic origin groups. Dominicans, Guatemalans and Colombians all had decreases of over 13 percentage points in their foreign-born shares over the same period. Mexicans, the nation’s largest Hispanic origin group, also saw a decline, though it was only 8 percentage points since 2000.

    Despite falling immigrant shares across all Latino origin groups, fast Latino population growth has led to continued growth in the number of Latino immigrants (though growth has slowed in recent years). Among all Latinos, there were 14.1 million immigrants in 2000. By 2005, that number reached 16.8 million, and by 2013, there were 19 million Latino immigrants in the U.S. The same pattern is present among all major Latino origin groups, though for three – Ecuadorians, Mexicans and Nicaraguans – the number of immigrants has declined since 2010.

    The nation’s Latino population is its largest minority group, numbering more than 53 million, or 17.1% of the U.S. population, in 2013. It is also diverse in a number of ways. While Mexicans are by far the largest origin group at 34.6 million (making up 64.1% of all U.S. Latinos), the nation’s Latinos trace their roots to every part of Latin America. Puerto Ricans are the second-largest Latino origin group and represent about 9.5% of all U.S. Latinos. Beyond these two groups, no other makes up more than 5% of the U.S. Latino population. Cubans and Salvadorans, the two next largest groups, each make up just under 4% of the Latino population, with populations of about 2 million each.

    Even though the foreign-born share is declining among each Hispanic origin group, the share that is foreign born varies widely across them. Venezuelans had the highest foreign-born share, at 69% in 2013. They are followed by Peruvians at 65%, Guatemalans at 64% and Hondurans at 63%. Only Mexicans (33%), Spaniards (14%) and Puerto Ricans (2%) have foreign-born shares of less than half of their total population.

    Median age, educational attainment and language use vary, as well. Mexicans have the lowest median age, at 26 in 2013, while Cubans are the oldest, with a median age of 40. In terms of educational attainment, Venezuelans are the most likely to be college-educated, with half of Venezuelans ages 25 and older having completed a bachelor’s degree or more. By comparison, Salvadorans (8%), Hondurans (9%) and Guatemalans (9%) have the lowest share of adults ages 25 and older with a college degree.

    Among the five largest Hispanic origin groups, 84% of Puerto Ricans speak only English or are bilingual – a higher share than Mexicans, Dominicans, Cubans or Salvadorans. Meanwhile, just 37% of Salvadoran adults speak either English or are bilingual, among the lowest share of the five largest Hispanic origin groups.

    The report and its accompanying statistical profiles provide detailed geographic, demographic and economic characteristics for each of the nation’s 14 largest Hispanic origin groups: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Salvadorans, Cubans, Dominicans, Guatemalans, Colombians, Spaniards, Hondurans, Ecuadorians, Peruvians, Argentineans, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans. They are for immediate release and are available at

    For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Molly Rohal at or 202-419-4318.

    Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan “fact tank” that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does not take policy positions. The center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder.
  5. Number of babies born in U.S. to unauthorized immigrants declines

    by , 09-11-2015 at 04:16 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    From Pew Research:

    "About 295,000 babies were born to unauthorized-immigrant parents in 2013, making up 8% of the 3.9 million U.S. births that year, according to a new, preliminary Pew Research Center estimate based on the latest available federal government data. This was a decline from a peak of 370,000 in 2007.

    Births to unauthorized-immigrant parents rose sharply from 1980 to the mid-2000s, but dipped since then, echoing overall population trends for unauthorized immigrants. In 2007, an estimated 9% of all U.S. babies were born to unauthorized-immigrant parents, meaning that at least one parent was an unauthorized immigrant."
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