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  1. Moving Plea to Shut Down Obama's Family Detention Centers

    by , 04-27-2016 at 02:27 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The following was posted on Facebook by immigration lawyer Carol Anne Donohoe:

    So imagine this: A mother and her 2 year old son, or a mother and her 17 year old son, or a mother and her 5 year old daughter who has been sick for months with untreated diarrhea and vomiting, or a mother and her son who just turned 12 today. Can you picture it? Now imagine that all of these mothers and children are sitting on death row.

    They have committed no crime.

    They have appealed their cases time and time again in order to get a fair hearing because the first hearing was rigged against them. While they wait, their children are getting sick, they are all becoming hopeless. Over and over their appeals are denied with no explanation.

    The government not only denies their appeals but actively makes death row more and more miserable. Every 15 minutes at night flashlights are shined in their eyes so they can't sleep, guards bang on the doors at 6:30 a.m. and they're ordered to get up whether they've rested or not, the food is inedible, and their children are sick. When they complain about their children being sick, they are told they are lying.

    The objective is to make these mothers so desperate that they will just give in and accept the injection, the electric chair, the firing squad. Better to just get on with it than to wait months and months wondering if you and your two year old will end up being executed anyway.

    Now that you've imagined it, are you horrified? Do you find it difficult to believe?

    This is exactly what is happening to families in immigration detention. It's not Donald Trump who's in charge of this macabre scenario, it is Obama.

    If you are local, it is your county commissioners who are keeping this nightmare real. For everyone who took the time today to send Gary a birthday message, now take the time on Monday to call your acting president and ask why he is keeping two year olds on death row.

    Ask why desperate mothers and children are given jail sentences instead of shelter. Ask him how he can look himself in the mirror. Then call the Berks County Commissioners and ask them how they sleep at night. Ask them why they say the mothers are lying when all they want is medical treatment for their children. Ask them why it's so important to them to keep jailing children when they supposedly do not profit from it. Make those calls for Gary. And for Briany. And for Steven. And for Alex. And for Yeslin and Cleydi. And for Anderson and Allison and Victor and Diego and all the other children.

    Don't stop calling until we‪ #‎shutdownberks‬ and ‪#‎endfamilydetention‬

    Carol Anne Donohoe is an immigration attorney with a private practice in Reading, PA. For nearly the past two years she has represented and advocated for detained mothers, fathers, and children in the Berks Family detention center, largely pro bono. She is a graduate of Temple Beasley School of Law and the President of the Greater Reading Immigration Project (GRIP.)

    Updated 04-27-2016 at 02:45 PM by MKolken

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

    by , 04-26-2016 at 02:50 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.
  3. IRC Will Continue Resettling Refugee Families in Kansas

    by , 04-26-2016 at 02:18 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.
  4. Obama Honors Thomas Homan For Jailing and Deporting Toddlers

    by , 04-26-2016 at 08:03 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 11:47 AM by MKolken

  5. Fabio Becomes a US Citizen

    While traveling in Southeast Asia in March, my wife showed me the following story on her phone: “The Hunk Who Loved Lady Liberty: Fabio Becomes a U.S. Citizen”.
    This is a Success Story for America.
    “This is one of the happiest days of my life” said Fabio. “Over the course of my career I’ve had the opportunity to travel the globe and America is still the greatest country on earth. There is no such thing as an Italian dream or an English dream but the American dream is alive and well.”
    I remember the day when I went to Immigration Service with Fabio for his green card interview. The INS staff was so excited that I had to return the next day to give out dozens of signed photographs signed by Fabio to all of his fans.
    Numerous ethnic newsletters and even the Wall Street Journal published the news of Fabio getting his green card on the front page.
    Now, he is a US citizen. Congratulations, Fabio!
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