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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

My Op Ed Published in the Guardian

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According to a report by the Daily Beast, the US federal government has engaged the services of the defense industry to facilitate its strategy of tearing migrant children from the arms of their mothers as a deterrent to improper entry to country. Defense contractors’ intended role in this madness? Childcare providers.

I took the opportunity to review the website of one such contractor, Virginia-based MVM, Inc. The website includes an impressive list of services and expertise – not including child care. As an immigration lawyer who frequently represents unaccompanied minors in immigration court, and as a father of two, I find it unconscionable that an industry that principally serves the needs of the military and federal law enforcement agencies would be charged with overseeing the health and wellbeing of children.

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Of course, this a wonderful oped and it is great that The Guardian published it. Congratulations to Matt!

    Just one point, out of curiosity. According to all the reports if have seen, some 2,000 children, some as young as babies, have been torn away from their parents by the Trump administration in just the last month or so alone. My understanding is that the Obama administration showed the same kind of heartless cruelty to less than 700 children total during its entire 8 years in existence,

    Trump's figure comes to around children 500 a month separated so far since he adopted his inhuman "zero tolerance" policy, using these very rough figures.

    Obama's figure would average about 7 children a month being separated. That is 7 children per month too many, to be sure.

    And this is assuming Obama was responsible for all of these separated children. As I understand it, a few of these separations took place under G.W. Bush.

    Isn't 500 a much bigger number than 7? Don't we have a hugely bigger and more terrible problem now?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 06-20-2018 at 10:41 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    Of course, this a wonderful oped and it is great that The Guardian published it. Congratulations to Matt!

    Just one point, out of curiosity. According to all the reports if have seen, some 2,000 children, some as young as babies, have been torn away from their parents by the Trump administration in just the last month or so alone. My understanding is that the Obama administration showed the same kind of heartless cruelty to less than 700 children total during its entire 8 years in existence,

    Trump's figure comes to around children 500 a month separated so far since he adopted his inhuman "zero tolerance" policy, using these very rough figures.

    Obama's figure would average about 7 children a month being separated. That is 7 children per month too many, to be sure.

    And this is assuming Obama was responsible for all of these separated children. As I understand it, a few of these separations took place under G.W. Bush.

    Isn't 500 a much bigger number than 7? Don't we have a hugely bigger and more terrible problem now?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Roger seems to be determined to put a terrible spin on everything Trump does. While I agree that Trump should not have separated 2,000 children from their parents, Roger's statistical analysis of that situation is extremely misleading.

    Sessions announced the policy on April 6, 2018, which wasn't even two months ago. Two thousand children were caught up in it because it was unexpected. Unless we assume that aliens coming here illegally are really, really stupid, knowledge of what just happened will have a deterrent effect, i.e., we will see far fewer asylum seekers entering without inspection in the future.

    The reality of this situation that Roger isn't going to acknowledge is that genuine asylum seekers don't have to sneak across the border. They can present themselves at a port of entry for a credible fear determination. They might have to wait in Mexico until CBP can process them, but they won't be in detention and their kids won't be taken away from them.

    That should be greatly preferable to exposing your children to the perils of an illegal crossing.

    Nolan Rappaport
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