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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Report Documents Concerns about ICE Detainee Treatment and Care at Detention Facilities

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Via The Office of the Inspector General:

In response to concerns raised by immigrant rights groups and complaints to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) Hotline about conditions for detainees held in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE) custody, we conducted unannounced inspections of five detention facilities to evaluate their compliance with ICE detention standards.

Our inspections of five detention facilities raised concerns about the treatment and care of Ice detainees at four of the facilities visited. Overall,we identified problems that undermine the protection of detainees’ rights, their humane treatment, and the provision of a safe and healthy environment. Although the climate and detention conditions varied among the facilities and not every problem was present at all of them, our observations, interviews with detainees and staff,and our review of documents revealed several issues. Upon entering some facilities, detainees were housed incorrectly based on their criminal history. Further, in violation of standards, all detainees entering one facility were strip searched.Available language services were not always used to facilitate communication with detainees. Some facility staff reportedly deterred detainees from filing grievances and did not thoroughly document resolution of grievances. Staff did not always treat detainees respectfully and professionally, and some facilities may have misused segregation. Finally, we observed potentially unsafe and unhealthy detention conditions.

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Updated 12-15-2017 at 08:40 AM by MKolken

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    No one is claiming that the movement toward Gulag-like conditions at America's immigration detention centers began with the current occupant of the White House. Clearly, it did not.

    But this current White House occupant is now the person who owns this increasingly dark and ominous system, which is coming more and more to resemble the incarceration systems used by some of the dictators whom our present chief executive admires so much against their own citizens.

    How long will it be before millions of Americans who are opposed to the immigration or other policies of our 45th president also become occupants of the developing Gulag system (a/k/a/ private detention centers) which now houses immigrants?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-15-2017 at 10:29 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. MKolken's Avatar
    Ironically, it is the current administration that is taking the complaints seriously, when the previous administration did nothing despite having full knowledge of the problem: A Broken, Dangerous System - The New York Times

  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I am not making any excuses for the many, and serious, detention abuses under the previous administration or administrations. I am only pointing out who owns the system now, and who appears to be trying to expand the system to include more detainees than ever before by targeting people for deportation who were (at least officially) low priority under the previous administration.

    See Kathryn Johnson's shocking December 15 article in The Hill about the expansion of private immigration detention facilities by the Trump administration to benefit wealthy campaign donors:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-bl...-jails-planned

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-15-2017 at 11:34 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MKolken
    Ironically, it is the current administration that is taking the complaints seriously, when the previous administration did nothing despite having full knowledge of the problem: A Broken, Dangerous System - The New York Times
    I am glad that someone is looking at this objectively. Trump inherited the current detention system from the previous administration. Let's wait to see what he does to deal with this problem before blaming him for it.


    I couldn't read the New York Times article you cited. You can only see a few a month if you aren't a subscriber.

    Nolan Rappaport
    Updated 12-17-2017 at 02:10 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I have skimmed through the report that Matt mentions, and even based on just a quick glance, it alleges some horrendous abuses against immigration detainees by ICE officers that cannot help but recall things that went on in Nazi concentration camps - such as putting one detainee in prolonged lock down for the "offense" of sharing coffee with another detainee.

    If that is the way immigration detainees are being treated now, it can't be long before open torture, which Trump has expressed such a great fondness for, comes into style in these prisons, just as it was used against black prisoners in the South in the segregation era.

    To blame these abuses on Obama is misplaced; this report is not primarily about about abuses which took place in the past (though there was now excuse for those either), but about ones which are taking place now, under another president who has a different name from Barack Obama.

    Having said the above, it is impressive and encouraging to see John Kelly's name on the report as one of the people transmitting it. That could certainly be an indication that this administration recognizes that there is a problem and is trying to do something about it - a hopeful sign to be sure.

    Maybe it would be better if Kelly decides not to tell Trump about this report - the president might decide in his next tweet that it is only "fake news" and fire everyone responsible - for the report, that is, not the abuses.

    Or maybe not - let's hope not.

    But either way, this is not Obama's problem now - it is Donald J. Trump's.

    Given the almost pathological hostility that Trump has shown toward all non-white immigrants as both president and candidate, will he really do anything to stop the open cruelty and abuses against detainees described in this damning report by his own administration?

    In what is only the latest example of the president's delusional and maliciously false comments about non-white immigrants, witness his latest, utterly despicable attack on more than a million people from all over the world who have immigrated to the US legally under the Diversity Visa program, and many of whom are now naturalized US citizens and therefore the president's fellow Americans.

    See my comment originally posted in ilw.com on December 15.

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?10287

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-16-2017 at 07:50 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    I have skimmed through the report that Matt mentions, and even based on just a quick glance, it alleges some horrendous abuses against immigration detainees by ICE officers that cannot help but recall things that went on in Nazi concentration camps - such as putting one detainee in prolonged lock down for the "offense" of sharing coffee with another detainee.

    If that is the way immigration detainees are being treated now, it can't be long before open torture, which Trump has expressed such a great fondness for, comes into style in these prisons, just as it was used against black prisoners in the South in the segregation era.

    To blame these abuses on Obama is misplaced; this report is not primarily about about abuses which took place in the past (though there was now excuse for those either), but about ones which are taking place now, under another president who has a different name from Barack Obama.

    Having said the above, it is impressive and encouraging to see John Kelly's name on the report as one of the people transmitting it. That could certainly be an indication that this administration recognizes that there is a problem and is trying to do something about it - a hopeful sign to be sure.

    Maybe it would be better if Kelly decides not to tell Trump about this report - the president might decide in his next tweet that it is only "fake news" and fire everyone responsible - for the report, that is, not the abuses.

    Or maybe not - let's hope not.

    But either way, this is not Obama's problem now - it is Donald J. Trump's.

    Given the almost pathological hostility that Trump has shown toward all non-white immigrants as both president and candidate, will he really do anything to stop the open cruelty and abuses against detainees described in this damning report by his own administration?

    In what is only the latest example of the president's delusional and maliciously false comments about non-white immigrants, witness his latest, utterly despicable attack on more than a million people from all over the world who have immigrated to the US legally under the Diversity Visa program, and many of whom are now naturalized US citizens and therefore the president's fellow Americans.

    See my comment originally posted in ilw.com on December 15.

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?10287

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Roger, did you bother to read the Inspector General's report before you wrote this absurd comment? I don't think you did.

    If you had just read the first page of the report, you would know that the IG made only one recommendation and that ICE concurred and has begun corrective action. And if you had read further, you would know that ICE cancelled its contract with one of the detention centers.

    You remind me of the Hawain federal district court judge who read the revised version of Trump's travel ban and found nothing wrong with it. But he then said, in effect, but we know Trump is a Muslim hating bigot, so the real reason for the ban must be religious discrimination.

    Neither of you pays any attention to what Trump actually does. You base your views on your opinion of him as a person. There is one difference. The Hawaiin judge didn't compare Trump to Hitler.

    Nolan Rappaport


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