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  1. Immigration Lawyer Reminds us of the Brutality of the Obama Administration

    by , 06-01-2018 at 03:35 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via immigration lawyer Bryan Johnson:

    For those with short memories, here is a glimpse through my eyes when Obama brutally tortured thousands of immigrant children, including many of my clients.

    Through my eyes in the height of Obama's policy of torturing immigrant babies:

    11. In July 2014, I worked for the release of a one-year old detained in the Artesia Detention Center. The child had become seriously ill on two separate occasions. The child had previously been rushed to children’s hospital in Roswell, New Mexico with suspected tuberculosis. He was finally diagnosed with viral pneumonia and discharged with medical instructions to be kept away from others with any symptoms of illness of any kind. The baby was not kept isolated as required and soon developed a high fever and serious cough. I immediately sought release for the baby and his mother because of his medical condition. DHS denied my request. It took me another six weeks of work before DHS agreed to release the baby and his mother on a $10,000 bond.

    12. In September 2014, I began representing another family in detention. The mother and her daughter had been the victim of serious abuse by the girl’s father. The abuse which including burning, rape, and beatings, was nothing short of torture. Even with the clear evidence of this abuse, DHS resisted any bond for the girl and her mother. After nearly a month, the immigration court granted the family release on bond. The hearing on the family’s claim for asylum is set for August 26, 2015. I represent this family pro bono.

    13. Later in October 2014, I began representing another family which had been detained in the Artesia center. The child, a 7-year old boy, had been raped by an older boy at the facility. Despite reporting the abuse, no investigation was conducted for nearly three months while the family remained in the same detention facility with the perpetrator of the abuse. And during this time, DHS continued to resist any provision for release of the victim and his family. Former counsel was finally able to secure their release by a court ordered bond in the amount of $10,000.

    14. I began representing another client after her family was released from detention. The 4-year old had suffered shocking medical neglect while detained. The girl had become very ill. She had high fever and extensive tooth decay. She and her mother were placed in solitary confinement for nine days. Finally, the girl had to be rushed to an emergency room at San Antonio Methodist Children’s hospital where she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She required extensive emergency oral surgery as well.

    15. Upon her return to the detention center, she was placed in isolation with her mother again for several days. The family was finally released from the detention center on bond secured by former counsel.

    19. My client had been detained at KCRC with her 4-year old son since October, 2014. I learned that many pregnant women were also being detained at KCRC. L.B. had attempted to kill herself by slitting her wrist. In response, she was stripped of her clothing; separated from her young son; restrained in a straitjacket; and placed in isolation for two days. She received no meaningful medical attention and other than a brief video interview, she received no psychological assessment or treatment. Her son remained detained in the KCRC under the supervision of prison guards and was detained in the evenings in medical isolation rooms. He was only given one-hour visitation with his mother on three days following her isolation. On June 7 at 4:00 p.m., all phone and internet communication at the KCRC were cut off. Phone and internet communications did not return until 10:00 a.m. on June 8. It was early in the morning that day, June 8, that L.B Thereafter, my client and her son were taken to a motel in a remote, undisclosed location. They were detained there until early the following day, June 9. Early that morning, they were taken on a bus with approximately ten other Honduran mothers and children to a government airport. Later that morning, my client and her son, along with the other Honduran families were removed to Honduras by plane.
  2. Undocumented and Unaccounted For: A Definitive Podcast Explainer About #WhereAreTheChildren

    by , 06-01-2018 at 01:38 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via NPR's Latino USA:

    A report released last week about authorities losing track of almost 1,500 young immigrants has caused a lot of reactions. The young migrants are asylum seekers who arrived at the U.S. border without their parents, and were later released into the custody of guardians or sponsors. Recently, the government admitted that they haven’t been able to reach almost 1,500 of those sponsors, drawing concerns that the kids could be at risk. This disclosure has raised the question: what is the government’s role in making sure these kids are safe?

  3. Trump's Inhuman Tearing Immigrant Children Away From Their Mothers Recalls Separation of Jewish Children Under the Nazis. Roger Algase

    Update: June 2, 1:11 a.m.

    To watch a horrifying video of an unauthorized immigrant mother being torn away by US Border Patrol agents from her screaming, crying children as part of Donald Trump's campaign of fear and terror against Latino and other non-white immigrants, see:

    My earlier comment follows:

    As the storm of outrage grows over the Trump administration's policy of causing unspeakable anguish to Latino and other non-white immigrant families by tearing screaming innocent young children away from their parents at the US border, see: America's Voice, May 31,

    Trump is "Gratuitously Embracing Cruelty"

    and as experts warn about the terrible lifetime psychological scars that these children will suffer as a result of Trump's unbelievably cruel efforts to stop mainly Central American families from seeking asylum in the United States - see: Physicians for Human Rights

    Children Must be Protected, Not Lost


    Stop the Abuse of Immigrant Children in U.S. Custody

    it is worth remembering that this is not the first time that governmental policy of a large and well known country has been responsible for large-scale separations of young and vulnerable children from their families. It has all happened before - under the Nazis.

    In 1965 (the same year, coincidentally, that America's openly racist, Nordics-only, 1924 "national origins" immigration act - which Adolf Hitler claimed inspiration from writing in Mein Kampf, and which A.G. Jeff Sessions, who is now a key player in the child separation agenda, also praised as a Senator nine decades later, was finally repealed), during a brief visit to Germany, I sat down with a couple of German friends whom I had become acquainted with while they were living in the US, and asked them why ordinary Germans didn't do more to try to stop the Nazi extermination of the Jews.

    They vigorously argued that the German people did not know the full extent of the Holocaust because it was concealed from them. Moreover, any German who had spoken out would have done so at the risk of his or her life.

    Donald Trump is not a mass murderer, not an antisemite, not a Nazi and not a follower of Adolf Hitler. Nor, to be fair, did abuse of children and their parents in immigration detention originate with Donald Trump. President Obama has a lot to answer for on that score also.

    But the Obama administration, so far as is known, did not engage in systematically ripping young children apart from their mothers in order to scare families from trying to enter the United States, or as a matter of vindictive rage out of frustration at an increase in illegal entry numbers, as Trump is reported to have expressed in acrimonious exchanges with his own DHS Secretary.

    There can be no doubt that Donald Trump is carrying out a policy at the US border which goes against the most elementary notions of basic humanity and is doing so out of intentional cruelty in order to terrify Latino and other brown immigrants from coming to the United States, including people who may have a right under our laws to pursue asylum claims in this country.

    This policy not only disgraces America and our most fundamental values of protecting families and the rights of children, but it also, very arguably, violates US laws against torture and international law, in the form of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    I will discuss these provisions in a future comment. America is not Nazi Germany, and the horrors of Donald Trump's child separation policy are on full view - literally, on Youtube.

    The American people have the freedom, the right, the capacity and the obligation to stand up and speak out against this atrocity which is now happening before our very eyes.

    The fact that there were inexcusable abuses of children in immigration detention while, for the most part, being held together with their families under President Obama is not an answer - not an excuse - for Donald Trump's deliberate, purposeful, inhumanity.

    For more on the differences between President Obama and Donald Trump on family separation at the US border, see Kristie de Pena of the Niskanen Center, May 31:

    What everyone has gotten wrong about family separation

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 06-02-2018 at 09:54 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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