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Bloggings on Deportation and Removal

by Matthew Kolken

ACLU of Georgia Charges Obama Administration with Serious Violations of Immigrant Detainees’ Human and Constitutional Rights

The ACLU of Georgia has released a 182 page report charging the Obama administration with serious human and constitutional rights violations in immigration detention facilities in the State of Georgia.

The report "Prisoners of Profit" is dedicated to the memory of Roberto Medina Martinez (1969-2009) and all immigrants who have perished in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

The ACLU found that ICE’s aggressive “Operation Endgame” goal of deporting all removable aliens by 2012 has overloaded the already overcrowded immigration court dockets, and immigrant detainees’ due process rights are being violated, both in immigration court and at the detention facilities.

The report highlights the following concerns relating to:

  • Abuse of Power, including verbal and physical abuse, and retaliatory behavior from guards
  • Due process concerns during the removal process
  • ICE officers and Immigration Judges coercing detainees to sign stipulated orders of removal
  • Non-Citizens are being detained in excess of a presumptively reasonable times
  • Inadequate medical and mental health care, and unreasonable delays in provision of care
  • Treatment of detainees with mental Disabilities is punitive rather than care oriented
  • Conditions for attorney visits are inadequate and raise attorney/client violations
  • Inadequate cell conditions
  • Transfers take detainees away from family and community
  • Imposition of punitive segregation units
  • Hygiene concerns, including food concerns.
  • How many reports need to be released before this administration takes steps to eliminate the human rights violations that are a hallmark of the immigration detention system.

    I'm sure it will be a "top priority" for the administration if Obama wins a second term.


    About The Author

    Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

    The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.