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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

The Obama Administration Prepares for Mass Deportation of Muslims

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Via #Not1More:

March 24, 2016 – New York, NY

Immigration authorities have begun transporting South Asian detainees to Florence, Arizona, as a staging ground for impending mass deportation. Many of the Muslim migrants from Bangladesh being transported were participants in the #Freedomgiving hunger strikes at the end of 2015 that roiled a dozen detention centers across the country and brought attention to the prolonged, unjustified, and discriminatory detention of Muslim and South Asian migrants.

One of the detainees, who gave a name of Manik and is scheduled to be deported as well, said that “they are gathering all of us here from across the different jails, but none of the men here want to be sent back. Most are terrified and crying about what will happen to them if they are sent back.”

As Candidates Trump and Cruz stir anti-Muslim sentiment calling for the surveillance, ban, and deportation of Muslims — the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama Administration is already racially profiling and discriminating against Muslim migrants, by holding detainees for indefinite and extended periods of time, setting unusually high bond amounts, and now preparing to deport Muslim detainees en masse to their potential deaths.

“It is alarming that the State Department is getting involved in matters of immigration, detention, and deportation, and so recklessly jeopardizing the lives of asylum-seeking migrants who are escaping repressive and dangerous conditions,” said Fahd Ahmed, Executive Director of DRUM (Desis Rising Up & Moving). DRUM has coordinated hunger strikes and advocacy efforts for the detainees over the last 6 months. He added that “their lives have been further endangered by the mishandling of their cases and confidential information by the U.S. government.”

In violation of international law, the names and personal information of the detainees were given to the Bangladeshi government by the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh, and their names were then leaked and published by the Bangladeshi media. And in violation of their own protocols, the detainees may be expelled despite being witnesses and victims to civil rights violations that are under open investigation by the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties within DHS.

“While many have rightfully condemned the anti-Muslim rhetoric spewed during ongoing presidential campaigns, our current policies are just as terrifying. We call on the State Department and DHS to immediately halt these deportations and for administration officials to end these policies that single out Muslim migrants,” adds Linda Sarsour, Director of MPower Change.

Activists raise grave concerns for the men’s safety and have begun using the hashtag #Deported2Death to highlight the consequence of their potential removals and are calling on the State Department and Department of Homeland Security to cancel their removals and allow them to pursue their asylum claims.

The petition is hosted by the #Not1More Campaign at: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com...pt-bangladesh/

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  1. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    I'm afraid that this is just a glimpse into the future of removal proceedings. The reality is that the population of undocumented aliens who are subject to removal proceedings has become so large that mass proceedings are going to be employed. It's just a matter of when. What's the alternative? The Administration has already whittled down the population of aliens it will put in removal proceedings, and it is not likely that further reductions will occur. And the waiting time for removal hearings has gotten ridiculously long. I predict that mass proceedings of the time I described recently will take the place of the individual hearings we have now. See my article, "President Obama?s use of executive discretion could have unintended consequences if Donald Trump becomes our next president" (March 7, 2016), http://www.ilw.com/articles/2016,0307-Rappaport.pdf

    My prediction is not based on having a republican president in the White House. At some point, whether we have a democrat or a republican president, the question is going to be whether our immigration laws are going to be enforced or completely disregarded, and the answer will be influenced by terrorist activities, particularly if there are strikes in the United States. We can't pretend that the laws are being enforced if waiting periods for hearings are more than five years and most of the aliens subject to hearings are disappearing while their hearings are pending.

    Would it be right? Not if you care about due process. But as you will be seeing in Europe, when the number of undocumented aliens/refugees/whatever becomes overwhelming, due process will be disregarded. You see the same thing in war time when a country is under attack and martial law is declared. If the public thinks the population of undocumented aliens is reaching crisis levels, due process and whatever constitutional protections are applicable will be put aside.
  2. Marcel Lecomte's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nolan Rappaport
    I'm afraid that this is just a glimpse into the future of removal proceedings. The reality is that the population of undocumented aliens who are subject to removal proceedings has become so large that mass proceedings are going to be employed. It's just a matter of when. What's the alternative? The Administration has already whittled down the population of aliens it will put in removal proceedings, and it is not likely that further reductions will occur. And the waiting time for removal hearings has gotten ridiculously long. I predict that mass proceedings of the time I described recently will take the place of the individual hearings we have now. See my article, "President Obama?s use of executive discretion could have unintended consequences if Donald Trump becomes our next president" (March 7, 2016), http://www.ilw.com/articles/2016,0307-Rappaport.pdf

    My prediction is not based on having a republican president in the White House. At some point, whether we have a democrat or a republican president, the question is going to be whether our immigration laws are going to be enforced or completely disregarded, and the answer will be influenced by terrorist activities, particularly if there are strikes in the United States. We can't pretend that the laws are being enforced if waiting periods for hearings are more than five years and most of the aliens subject to hearings are disappearing while their hearings are pending.

    Would it be right? Not if you care about due process. But as you will be seeing in Europe, when the number of undocumented aliens/refugees/whatever becomes overwhelming, due process will be disregarded. You see the same thing in war time when a country is under attack and martial law is declared. If the public thinks the population of undocumented aliens is reaching crisis levels, due process and whatever constitutional protections are applicable will be put aside.
    During times of war and under the grounds of National Security, US citizens and aliens have no constitutional rights guaranteed. In regards to immigration, the State of Exception applies equally to immigration activists and its detractors - the Sovereign can deem these people as persons of interest and be sent to interment camps for indefinite periods.

    It always good to remind audiences that in legal terms the United States of America is currently in a State of War: Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF - Public Law 107-40)
    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-107publ40/pdf/PLAW-107publ40.pdf

    Mr. Rappaport, as a public-interest lawyer, you have a moral and ethical duty to educate your audiences about the legal fact proposed above
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