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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

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  1. Lawsuit Alleges Immigrant Mothers Subjected to Psychological and Physical harm

    by , 08-11-2015 at 04:01 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Washington Post reports that five immigrant mothers have sued the Obama administration claiming that they and their children were subjected to severe psychological and physical harm while jailed in the Obama administration's family deportation internment camps.

    The women are represented by Nashville lawyer
    R. Andrew Free, who has stated that the Obama administration has violated his clients' rights as asylum seekers by using detention as a deterrent. Mr. Free expects that the lawsuit seeking millions in damages will be supplemented by additional information documenting the administration's mistreatment of women and children. He explains that “By bearing witness and helping these women assert these claims, we are undermining the government’s narrative that this is a kinder gentler, detention policy.”

    I'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

    Updated 08-12-2015 at 09:09 AM by MKolken

  2. Obama Admin Still Fighting to Jail Mothers and Children in Deportation Internment

    by , 08-07-2015 at 10:05 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Obama administration is still fighting to preserve their ability to jail refugee mothers and children in deportation internment camps.

    From Politico:

    "The Obama administration is asking a federal judge to reconsider her ruling that called for the release of tens of thousands of immigrant mothers and children who tried to crossed the southern border illegally.

    In a 60-page response filed late Thursday, Justice Department lawyers argued that family detention facilities run by the Department of Homeland Security are a necessary tool to help deter illegal migration to the United States."

    Is there any question that Obama has presided over the most anti-immigrant Presidency in the history of this country?
  3. Detention center debate overshadowed by Trump

    by , 07-30-2015 at 12:47 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)


    "As Donald Trump's controversial remarks continue to bring immigration to the forefront, other aspects of the immigration debate are being overshadowed. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and Alina Das from the Immigrant Rights Clinic of NYU School of Law join to discuss." MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY 7/26/15
  4. Federal Judge Orders Release of Immigrant Children held in “deplorable conditions"

    by , 07-27-2015 at 09:05 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    United States District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee ruled late last Friday that the Obama administration's policy of jailing immigrant women and children in deportation internment camps is unlawful and breaches a 1997 settlement agreement that requires the government to minimize the detention of children, and that they are instead locking children in unlicensed deportation jails where they are exposed to “harsh, substandard” conditions and treatment.

    The Obama administration has been ordered to explain why the following remedies should not be implemented within 90 days of the Court's order. They have been given until August 3, 2015 to file a response.

    Here are the remedies ordered by the Court:

    1. As required by Paragraph 18 of the Agreement, Defendants, upon taking an accompanied class member into custody, shall make and record prompt and continuous efforts toward family reunification and the release of the minor pursuant to Paragraph 14 of the Agreement.

    2. Unless otherwise required by the Agreement, Defendants shall comply with Paragraph 14A of the Agreement by releasing class members without unnecessary delay in first order of preference to a parent, including a parent who either was apprehended with a class member or presented herself or himself with a class member. Class members not released pursuant to Paragraph 14 of the Agreement will be processed in accordance with the Agreement, including, as applicable, Paragraphs 6, 9, 21, 22, and 23.

    3. Accompanied class members shall not be detained by Defendants in unlicensed or secure facilities that do not meet the requirements of Paragraph 6 of the Settlement, or in appropriate cases, as set forth in the Agreement, in facilities that do not meet the requirements of Paragraphs 12A, 21, and 23. Defendants shall not selectively apply the “influx” provision of Paragraph 12C of the Agreement to house class members apprehended with a parent in facilities that do not comply with the Agreement.

    4. To comply with Paragraph 14A of the Agreement and as contemplated in Paragraph 15, a class member’s accompanying parent shall be released with the class member ina non-discriminatory manner in accordance with applicable laws and regulations unless after an individualized custody determination the parent is determined to pose a significant flight risk, or a threat to others or the national security, and the flight risk or threat cannot be mitigated by an appropriate bond or conditions of release.

    5. In consultation with Plaintiffs, Defendants shall propose standards, and procedures for monitoring compliance with such standards, for detaining class members in facilities that are safe and sanitary, consistent with concern for the particular vulnerability of minors, and consistent with Paragraph 12 of the Agreement,including access to adequate drinking water and food, toilets and sinks, medical assistance if the minor is in need of emergency services, temperature control,ventilation, adequate supervision to protect minors from others, and contact with family members who were arrested with the minor. Defendants shall file such proposed standards within 90 days of the date of this Order. Plaintiffs shall file objections thereto, if any, 14 days thereafter.

    6. Defendants shall monitor compliance with the Agreement and this Order and shall provide Class Counsel on a monthly basis statistical information collected pursuant to Paragraph 28A of the Agreement.

    Click here for a complete copy of the Court's order.

    In related news, a former employee at the Karnes, Texas deportation internment camp reveals that the medical unit was used as a way to punish immigrant mothers by isolating them from their children. It has also been reported that medical reports were falsified, and a psychologist acted as an informant to the Obama administration. The whistleblower described the abuse of immigrant women and children in the facility as being "tantamount to torture.”

    Updated 07-28-2015 at 08:14 AM by MKolken

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