On May 15, 2017, #DACA holder Jean Jimenez died inside a solitary confinement cell @ ICE's Stewart Detention Ctr in Lumpkin, GA.
Today a federal judge DENIED ICE's attempt to dismiss his family's wrongful death suit, allows the case to proceed.
Jean's mom and step-dad are the first family of someone who died in an ICE prison under this regime to file a wrongful death lawsuit and defeat the government's effort to throw it out of court outright.
A statement from Jean's family and #DetentionKills partners will be coming soon. But for now, we are overjoyed that the American justice system has determined we can move forward in our quest to obtain #JusticeforJean and to #FreeThemAll
“Not One More is not an enforcement strategy.” - Cecilia Muñoz, Washington, D.C. Summer 2015, upon being silently shamed by immigration lawyers holding #EndFamilyDetention signs while she gave the keynote at the @AILANational annual conference.
“Just Following Orders”-A mass collaborative thread by #ImmigrationTwitter of things ICE attorneys have done since DHS was created (not in chronological order)
- Prosecute children as young as 1 yr old who lack attorneys
- Add fake court dates & addresses to charging documents
- Deport people, including children, with pending, approvable green card applications
- Prosecute Muslim men rounded up in Kansas Kris Kobach’s illegal NSEERS program.
- Argue against releasing elderly and medically fragile people from jails and prisons overrun by #COVID19
- Argue that “when released” means “after release” and therefore people who committed crimes 20 years ago don’t get bond.
- Oppose releases by people in ICE custody for over 3 years.
- Refuse to stipulate to any continuance
- Refuse to waive appeal on any case
Hoping someone On Here might still have the video of John Lewis at an immigrants’ rights rally in Atlanta sometime between 2011-12 where he’s telling undocumented organizers and allies that if police are going to them, they’ll have to arrest him, and the jails can’t hold us all.
I remember live-streaming that rally in my office as a young attorney and just breaking down crying at how beautiful it was to have someone so important in the civil rights movement embrace the immigrants’ rights movement in a time when our Friends were deporting record numbers.
Last night I posted video of his interview prior to being arrested at a protest in DC to call for comprehensive immigration reform. Lewis took the maximalist position: None of the 11 million people who live here without papers should be deported. No family torn apart. #Not1More
Here are five key takeaways from today’s #FourHorsemen hearing before the @HomelandDems with the CEOs of GEO, CoreCivic, MTC, and LaSalle.
1️⃣All 4 committed to post daily, facility-level #Covid19 inspection data IF ICE will let them. ICE isn’t publishing that data right now. /1
2️⃣CoreCivic, which is under the same guidance and ICE PRR as the other 3 of the #FourHorsemen, admitted it doesn’t require detained immigrants in its facilities to wear masks. They either don’t get what the CDC has said, don’t understand what the CDC advises, or don’t care.
3️⃣The #FourHorsemen all categorically (almost) denied what their press folks and ICE have categorcially admitted: There have been pepper spray, OC, and rubber bullet uses of force since #COVID19 began. To be clear, this wasn’t factually in dispute before their testimony today.
Our #DetentionKills network published #FOIA records from ICE that prove the government and its auditors have failed to accurately report and document attempts by people in custody to commit suicide in ICE jails.
Suicide is the leading cause of death in ICE custody
Here’s a thread on those docs, and what they mean:
Gotta admit: it’s deflating to lay all this out On Here and have the analysis get fewer impressions than snarky GIFs about the Portland Trailblazers I periodically drop into @MattArchambeau1’s feed on @YakimaAbogado’s behalf.
But good messengers don’t blame their audience. So,
According to a response the agency provided today. there were only 2 Significant Incident Reports or Significant Event Notifications regarding suicide attempts by people imprisoned at facilities in the New Orleans Field Office from Jan-Apr 2019. 1/x
One happened at GEO's LaSalle facility on April 17, 2019 around 3pm. A Sudanese man used a razor blade to slit his wrists. He had to go to LaSalle General for sutures. Yet the report says no injuries occurred. 2/x
The other SIR was an attempted self-strangulation with a sheet by a #Cameroonian asylum-seeker on January 26 at CoreCivic's Tallahatchie facility in Tutwiler, Mississippi.
His fellow detained migrants were able to intervene and save his life.
Here are a bunch of investigations into alleged crimes by CBP officers. They range from child pornography to workplace sexual assault. As revealing for what they don’t say as they are about what they do. #FOIA
Jean Jimenez, a 27 year-old artist, musician, and DREAMER died in a solitary confinement cell at ICE and CoreCivic's Stewart Detention Center three years ago today. Jean's family committed to ensure that his death would be in vain, and his life would not be forgotten. 1
2. Lesson #1 - No Medical Records for Families of the Dead.
We had to sue ICE to get Jean's medical records, even though ICE was required to provide them to him when he was alive. ICE still hasn't produced all Jean's unredacted medical records.
3. Lesson #2 - ICE Lies
After Jean died, ICE's Atlanta Field Office deliberately misled the public and their supervisors. While their demonstrable lies are too numerous to list quickly, here are a few: (1) Jean was never convicted of a felony;
Hello 👋🏼 to all these new social science-y academic-y followers!
Now seems as good a time as any to pitch an article/study/analysis of how the nation’s current immigration bureaucracy and prisons are a perfect praxis of the Milgram Experiment.
Let’s dive in . . .
As understand the experiment, one thing it teaches is that people will inflict pain on others if they believe it’s their duty to follow instructions to do so, and especially if the victim is out of sight.
Even when they hear the screams, the persecutors will obey & continue.
Greater pressure from authority +
Machinery to distance the torturer from the victim + submission = torture under this framework.
In honor of the the D's #minibus surrender & NARA decision allowing destruction of documents about abuse in ICE detention centers, #FOIA documents we recently received for a single detention center -- currently the deadliest in America -- in Stewart County, Georgia. 1/
2/ A man calls to report suffering a neck injury at the hands of a detention officer and then not receiving proper medical care.
3/ An allegedly 2-year campaign of discrimination and harassment that includes retaliatory solitary confinement, denial of access to mail, and a failure of ICE to respond to prior complaints
So about that ICE enforcement action this morning in Nashville . . .
Someday people will look back at this period and read things like the cold, lifeless words in these public records documenting a forcible family separation.
They’ll talk about us like we talk about Nazis.
“Several persons on the seen had been pepper sprayed”
“These individuals were apparently family members of OP#4 . . . After OP#4 was placed in the back of the vehicle by an ICE agent, OP#3 grabbed the front grill of the ICE agent’s vehicle to prevent him from leaving the scene.”
I represent the families of several people who died in ICE custody.
Our investigations into their deaths have revealed dire warnings about chronic underspending on detained migrants’ needs.
If today’s stories are true, @McKinsey’s recommendations contributed to these deaths.
Less than 8 hours after doctors pronounced Jean Jimenez dead, ICE officials admitted in emails that having a single mental healthcare provider covering a nearly 2000-person private ICE prison was “not doable.”
One employee called under-staffing of the facility a “ticking bomb”.
To speed through deportations at the border, DHS officials allowed Ronal Francisco to languish on a floor in the open cages at Ursula waiting ICE detention as part of a “consequence delivery system”. He died from bacterial meningitis after not getting emergency care in time.
This is a stunning #scotus brief filed by former senior Border Patrol officials in the cross-border shooting case.
Bottom line: The culture of violence and impunity within BP is completely pervasive and out of control. #DefundHate
TL:DR Two former BP bosses tasked with investigating allegations of misconduct by agents describe how the hyper-militarized agency culture and inadequate use of force training combine with weak external oversight and the blue wall of silence and obstruction. Kills accountability
There is, they say, no meaningful deterrent to Border Patrol agents illegally shooting unarmed teens and others if civil lawsuits against them cannot be filed. That’s precisely the result DOJ and the SG are advocating in this case.
It’s worth asking ourselves what to call prison camps we send people to where they’ve committed no crime, received no due process, and have not been shown to present a flight risk, knowing some number of them will die, and thousands more will suffer #DetentionKills #KillDetention