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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Complaint Alleges The Obama Administration is Torturing Unaccompanied Minors

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A complaint has been filed by the ACLU on behalf of 116 unaccompanied immigrant children, ages five to seventeen years old, who have been tortured, abused, and mistreated by agents of the Obama administration while held in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It is important to note that there have been reports of these abuses for the entirety of the Deporter in Chief's presidency and are not a recent phenomenon.

Examples include physical abuse, sexual assaults and beatings, racist and sexist insults, death threats, denial of urgent medical care and medication, theft, torture through sleep deprivation, excessively cold temperatures, and the employment of excessively tight metal restraints to inflict pain into wrists and ankles, as well as the denial of adequate food and water.

From the Huffington Post:

Detainees wrested from sleep every 30 minutes, the lights in their frigid cells never turned off. One detainee told by officials, don't lie or you'll be raped. Another detainee sexually abused by guards. Detainees forced to stand in stress positions. Others denied adequate food, water, and medical treatment and held in dehumanizing conditions. "Welcome to hell," one guard told a detainee, a good metaphor for what occurs across these sites of torment.

Specific examples highlighted include the confiscation of a 14-year-old girl's asthma medication resulting in multiple asthma attacks. The child was then threatened by agents of the Obama administration who cautioned against faking. Another involves a 17-year-old girl locked in a holding cell known as the hielera, or freezer, soaking wet where she was forced to drink toilet water.

Nothing short of criminal prosecution will be satisfactory for my tastes.

Suffice it to say the President doesn't need Republicans to act on immigration reform to clean up the mess in his own house. If only he were a Republican this matter would receive the national attention it deserves. Unfortunately, the New York Times has Hillary Clinton's book tour to promote.

Shameful.

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Updated 06-26-2014 at 08:38 AM by MKolken

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  1. Substantive's Avatar
    The Obama administration consistently employs a 100% Republican policy, with the exception of stopping deportation of those brought here as children. Why? First, the President said things most people wanted to hear, to get elected, even though they were complete lies. Second, he is clearly a typically ignorant, stupid and entitled snob, whose mother had no trouble getting travel visas, married a man from Kenya, and passed on the latent anti-immigrant faith of the WWII generation (you know, Japanese-American concentration camps, blacks are subhuman etc.) to him. He resents and is embarrassed by direct relatives of his own who have visa problems, and is probably unaware of how anyone is treated when visiting any of our embassies, let alone those who are not rich or privileged, or well funded (like terrorists), who pay hard-earned money and sacrifice time and effort to be treated like dogs whilst being denied a chance for a visa. I guess the Republicans deserve credit for at least being honest...
  2. Substantive's Avatar
    The wealthy 1%, along with all those right-wing Republicans who support them (racists, nativists, Bill-the-Butcher disciples) would all benefit economically from solving the problem, at its source (our embassies and visa policies) and legalizing the undocumented. But that is not important to them. Their primary concern is to see (mostly non-white) people oppressed and suffering. Hate is the most important thing in life for them. Who are the illegals? Poor, underprivileged people who overcome tremendous obstacles to come here to work, survive and support their families, with few rights or benefits. That used to be the very definition of, American.
  3. federale86's Avatar
    Rape, by the BPAs or by their fellow UAM? Just deport them all.
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