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1/ When I say that @ICEgov lies, this is not lawyer hyperbole. They lie. Constantly. In the face of evidence & good taste. Today's example:
2/ @ICEgov New England PR office released a retaliatory statement last week re: a client who was in the news. (I'm not using his name here)
3/ The statement said that he had a misdemeanor criminal record. He has no criminal record. (Here's a screencap from his MA CORI.)
4/ Statement also alleged that he'd "applied for benefits." Only immigration benefits (incl. work auth.) but clearly aimed at @FoxNews, etc.
5/ Imagine finding that the govt has publicly libeled you a criminal deadbeat. Having this be 1st thing in any Google search for your name.
6/ I wrote to @ICEgov press person, attaching copy of client's clean criminal rec to seek a retraction.
7/ Response: not my job. But dealing with the press, issuing statements, and correcting those statements is *literally* his job.
8/ My client is a poor, undocumented Central American refugee. Imagine if he were a white, European immigrant and @icegov had just done this
9/ Fun fact: Thanks to Fed. Tort Claims Act, you can't sue @ICEgov (or any other fed agency) for libel/defamation. They know this.
10/ I had never fully contemplated the horror of that FTCA exception before. But here we are. A good man's name destroyed, w/no recourse.
11/ I sent this email to @icegov five days ago. No response. Filed an administrative complaint same day. Nothing.
12/ @ICEgov has never been accountable to the public. But it used to care what you thought, at least a little. Those days ended 1/20/17.
13/ "Is there any flexibility in this system left at all?" I asked an officer on Fri. He glared up at me. "You know there isn't," he said.
14/ 5,000 active @ICEgov agents on the ground right now. Trump wants to triple this to 15K, and they are already loosening hiring standards.
15/ US already has the infrastructure for a massive immigration police state (#ThanksObama). Trump is only making it real, and irreversible.
16/ @Icegov routinely kidnaps teenagers and holds them w/o bond while refusing to release evidence against them. It denies access to counsel
17/ It denies access to medical treatment, to family visits. Barely feeds detainees. Abuses them constantly. Death & sexual assault common.
18/ The phrase "family detention centers" is really all you need to know. (That and their abysmal record re: trans detainees.)
19/ So there are far worse problems w/@ICEgov than casual libel--but that's the one I have today. Thanks for listening. #heretostay
Slight correction: any federal *law enforcement* agency. I should have fit that in there, an important distinction
PS: heading into @ICEgov detention now to visit clients for a couple of hrs. Open to q's here, and will have more to share shortly.
Huh. Amazed by response to this thread. Realizing that maybe "ICE constantly lies to immigrants, attys, & public" is news to most Americans.
UPDATE (10/6): PR guy now insists no point in seeking a retraction at this point bc story is "too old." (It was published 9/26.)
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