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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. New Data on 637 Detention Facilities Used by ICE in FY 2015

    by , 04-26-2016 at 03:50 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University has issued a new report regarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) custody system. TRAC created a database from each detention facility that at least one individual entered, left or stayed at during the past year based on Freedom of Information Act requests.

    From the summary:

    A total of 325,209 individuals left ICE custody last year, while 39,082 were still detained at the end of FY 2015[1]. The reasons for which individuals were released from ICE custody varied markedly by detention facility. Nationally, the most common reason for leaving ICE custody was because a detainee was being deported; this reason was listed in 55 percent of recorded departures last year. The next largest group were detainees released on bond or on their personal recognizance while their cases were pending. Others were released because their cases had concluded and they had been found to have a lawful right to remain in the country.

    According to detailed government records on each individual who entered, left, or remained in ICE custody during fiscal year 2015, the agency used a total of 637 different facilities last year. While many of these 637 detention facilities were concentrated along the southwest border with Mexico, one or more facilities existed in every one of the fifty states, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. Some of these were temporary holding rooms, others were designed for long term stays. Some held only a single person on one occasion during the entire year, others had tens of thousands pass through their doors during this same period. For facilities on which daily costs were available in the records released by ICE, per diem rates ranged from as low as $30 per bed for a short-stay (under 72 hours) facility to a high of $168.84 per day, with lower rates for high volume usage.

    Figure 1. Number of Times ICE Detainees Booked Out of a Detention Facility in FY 2015

    Click here to see the full report.
  2. IRC Will Continue Resettling Refugee Families in Kansas

    by , 04-26-2016 at 03:18 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Below is a statement from International Rescue Committee (IRC) Senior Vice President of US Programs Jennifer Sime in response to Governor Brownback’s announcement today that he will withdraw Kansas from the federal government’s refugee resettlement programming.

    Governor Brownback Ends State’s Partnership in Refugee Resettlement Program

    TOPEKA -- Governor Sam Brownback announced today that the state of Kansas will no longer partner with the federal government to resettle refugees. In response to the Governor’s announcement, Jennifer Sime, Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs for the International Rescue Committee, released the following statement:

    “Governor Brownback’s decision to end Kansas’ involvement in resettling refugees is completely out of touch with local communities’ overwhelming support and embrace of refugees. This is especially disappointing and contradictory given his support of the program during his tenure in the Senate.

    “The Governor’s claim that Kansans’ security is at risk is absolutely false. Refugees are subject to a range of rigorous and thorough security checks, including the use of Biometrics, in-person interviews, and name checks against a robust set of databases. The vetting system has been methodically structured to both safeguard the security of the U.S. and provide protection to those who need it most, and to whom we have a moral obligation to protect.

    “The United States has a longstanding history of protecting the world’s most vulnerable. As Governor Brownback turns his back on this American legacy, the IRC will step up and ensure that refugee families continue to receive the protection and services they are entitled to.
  3. Obama Honors Thomas Homan For Jailing and Deporting Toddlers

    by , 04-26-2016 at 09:03 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Washington Post is complicit in the outright misrepresentation of President Obama's record on deportations. I've been saying for years that Obama isn't focused on deporting serious criminals. While Obama was terrorizing immigrant communities with his near three million deportations he was callously dehumanizing the people he deported by calling them "criminals," "gang bangers," and the worst of the worst.

    The statistics consistently reveal the opposite is true, and yet many Democrats continue to remain silent instead choosing to protect the President by advancing White House talking points that Obama has engaged in "smart" immigration enforcement, and that a Republican would be worse. Donald Trump then announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination and calls immigrants rapists and drug dealers and the Left predictably explodes revealing their complete hypocrisy.

    You simply can't make this stuff up.

    Via Bryan Johnson:

    The Washington Post wrote an extraordinarily inaccurate and unbalanced article today covering President Obama’s bestowal of the “Presidential Rank Award” to ICE’s top Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) branch.

    Let’s start with the most obvious, where the author asserts the following statement of fact:

    Last year, Homan managed the deportation of a record number of illegal immigrants with criminal histories with the help of an expanded fingerprinting system that local police departments share with immigration authorities.

    This is false, as one can see from ICE’s own chart provided below and from analysis here.

    In FY 2015, Thomas Homan oversaw the removal of 139,369 immigrants with criminal convictions, which is the second lowest during Obama’s tenure as presidency.

    ICE removed the following number of criminals each year: FY 2009, 136,331; FY 2010, 196,431; FY 2011, 218,298; FY 2012, 225,416; FY 2013, 217,499; FY 2014, 176,928; and FY 2015, 139,368.

    To put it differently if ICE only removed 10 individuals in FY 2015 and 9 of those individuals had criminal convictions, ICE could still claim it removed a record percentage of individuals with criminal convictions. But who cares, right? It’s Obama, he can do no wrong.

    Click here
    to learn more about how the Obama administration intentionally creates the false impression that ICE is deporting a record number of immigrants with criminal convictions.

    Updated 04-26-2016 at 12:47 PM by MKolken

  4. Unaccompanied Alien Children Apprehensions Fiscal Year 2016

    by , 04-22-2016 at 10:08 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Last month border patrol apprehended 4,240 unaccompanied children and 4,452 members of family units.

    Via Customs and Border Protection:

    March 2016 apprehensions by the U.S. Border Patrol were generally in line with seasonal trends we have observed in prior years. While these March apprehension numbers are higher than those from March 2015, they are significantly lower than those from March 2014. Of the overall 33,335 total Border Patrol apprehensions on the southwest border reported in March, 4,201 were unaccompanied children and 4,448 were members of family units traveling together. Total apprehensions in March 2016 increased by 28 percent compared to February 2016.

    The Department of Homeland Security continues to closely monitor current migration trends and is working aggressively to address underlying causes and deter future increases in unauthorized migration, while ensuring that those with legitimate humanitarian claims are afforded the opportunity to seek protection. We also continue to support broader regional efforts to address the humanitarian situation in Central America.

    As Secretary Johnson has said repeatedly, our borders are not open to illegal migration, and we will continue to enforce the immigration laws and secure our borders consistent with our priorities and values. At the same time, we will offer vulnerable populations in Central America an alternate and legal path to safety in the United States.

    Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children (0-17 yr old) Apprehensions

    Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2015 and Fiscal Year 2014.

    Click here for more information.

    Updated 04-22-2016 at 10:11 AM by MKolken

  5. Is Obama Fraudulently Deporting Children... Again?

    by , 04-18-2016 at 12:13 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Looks like the Obama administration is manufacturing "evidence" again to secure the deportation of refugee children.


    In order for DHS to remove an immigrant alleged to be in the United States unlawfully, it must prove to an immigration judge through “clear, unequivocal, and convincing evidence” that the immigrant is removable.

    To establish removability, ICE must prove must establish alienage of the immigrant alleged to be removable with “clear, unequivocal, and convincing evidence.” In short, “alienage” means a person who is a national and/or citizen of a country other than the United States.

    DHS’s most common method of proving alienage of an immigrant is through the statements the immigrant made to ICE or CBP officers apprehension either at the border or in the interior. The document that contains the immigrant’s alleged statements is called Form I-213.

    According to the highest immigration court in the United States “As a general rule, the Form I-213 is inherently reliable and, in the absence of indicia of unreliability, may be used to establish that an absent respondent is an alien subject to removal from the United States. See Matter of Ponce-Hernandez, 22 I&N Dec. 784 (BIA 1999); see also Bustos-Torres v. INS, 898 F.2d 1053 (5th Cir. 1990) (involving an in absentia order entered against an adult respondent). Generally, either CBP or ICE (both are under DHS umbrella)”

    But in our experience, DHS created fraudulent I-213s for three of our clients who were only 4, 5, and 6 years old, respectively at the time that CBP apprehended them.

    Updated 04-18-2016 at 12:31 PM by MKolken

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