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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

New York Times Reports that ICE Covers-up the Abuse of Immigrants Held in Immigration Detention

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My Client has been held in the lace u1:st="on">lace w:st="on">Elizabethlace>, N.J.lace> Detention Facility for approximately six months.  The moment he was taken into ICE custody at the border crossing at lace w:st="on">Buffalo, New Yorklace> he advised the detaining officers that he has a medical condition that requires ongoing treatment.  >>


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After being taken into custody in Buffalo, ICE moved my client to the Detention Facility in lace w:st="on">Batavia, New Yorklace>.  Approximately one week later they moved him again to the Detention Facility in lace w:st="on">Elizabeth, New Jerseylace>.  The facility in Batavia is about a thirty minute drive from my office in lace w:st="on">Buffalo, New Yorklace>, and is both clean and professional.  The Detention facility in lace w:st="on">Elizabeth, New Jerseylace> is approximately 400 miles from my office, and is a vile and disgusting windowless warehouse.  >>


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The move was made by ICE despite the fact that the Court with jurisdiction over the port of entry where my client was taken into custody was in Buffalo, and that ICE was on notice that my client was being represented by counsel in lace w:st="on">Buffalo, New Yorklace>.  >>


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Since being taken away from his lawyer and being moved to lace w:st="on">New Jerseylace> my client's medical condition has worsened. The Detention Facility in lace u1:st="on">lace w:st="on">Elizabethlace>lace> has ignored his repeated requests for treatment, and continues to hold him despite an urgent medical need.  >>


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As a result of the deprivation of medical care my client has been unable to assist in his own defense, thereby depriving him of his right to a fundamentally fair hearing.  We filed a motion to terminate his case which was denied by the Immigration Judge.  >>


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We are scheduled for another hearing this week on the issue of political asylum.  My client has no criminal convictions, and has established a preliminary fear of persecution, and yet he languishes in immigration custody without his medicine.>>>>


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It is both shocking and disgusting that this type of barbarism is allowed to continue and is covered up by the very animals that hold the keys to the cages.>>>>


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What has our country come to?



"The Obama administration has vowed to overhaul immigration detention, a haphazard network of privately run jails, federal centers and county cells where the government holds noncitizens while it tries to deport them.


But as the administration moves to increase oversight within the agency, the documents show how officials -- some still in key positions -- used their role as overseers to cover up evidence of mistreatment, deflect scrutiny by the news media or prepare exculpatory public statements after gathering facts that pointed to substandard care or abuse." ~Nina Berstein, New York Times published 1-9-10











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  1. Marc Seguinot's Avatar
    Matthew, I am very aware of the problems concerning detention of noncitizens, especially those with medical issues. Right now I am working on a committee to review the standards used by ICE/DRO in the detention of noncitizens here in Virginia. It promises to open up some great conversations, and in all probability some fantastic changes, especially for those with medical issues. DHS is very aware of the problems; nevertheless, as I have reminded Americans time and time again -- we do not pay the government to think! That is the fault of each and every American in this country -- we sit by quiet, more worried about our SUV's then we are about whether our right to drive can be restricted at any time for any reason. I defend noncitizens before immigration judges virtually every day -- and the reason is not because I love aliens, or people who are here illegally -- the reason I do my job is because what the government does to noncitizens, they can easily do to citizens! I continue to fight for decent holding facilities, but in the vast majority of cases, DHS should not be holding people anyway. Hopefully we will continue this conversation.
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