15 months ago this week, Jean Jimenez, a 27 Year-Old DREAMer with diagnosed schizophrenia and a prior history of suicide attempts, ended his life after spending 19 days in solitary confinement at ICE's for-profit Stewart immigration prison. 15 more have died since. Why?
2/ Through #FOIA litigation, courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…, Jean's family learned much more last week about how ICE responds to medical neglect of people in its custody -- especially people who die as a result. Here are two pages from the key document.
Hard to believe, but it’s actually worse than is even reported in this @theintercept piece. More to come when appropriate.
An ICE detainee diagnosed with schizophrenia spent 21 days in solitary confinement — then took his own life interc.pt/2LrrGi2 by @jlosc9
Flashback to the observations by staff, medical personnel, and investigators in these documents, released in June, many of which DHS OIG soft-pedaled or omitted from the December 2017 report. revealnews.org/blog/staff-des…
What happened to Jean, Yulio, and Efrain is what it looks like when the “ticking bomb” goes off: More needless suffering. More preventable death. wabe.org/wp-content/upl…
Thread: Some rare good immigration news came today. Last yr, as part of a deal to get Iraq off the list of countries in Muslim Ban 1.0, ICE began rounding up 100s of Iraqi nationals who had old, unexecuted deportation orders—nearly all of whom came as refugees. #NashvilleKurds /1
Nashville is home to the largest population of Kurds outside of #Kurdistan. At least 12 and as many as 20 #NashvilleKurds were targeted. amp.tennessean.com/amp/379582001 ICE sought to detain these men in far-flung, for-profit prisons and deport them without hearing to torture/death /2
But @ACLUofMichigan@mjschlanger@CivilRightsCH Code Legal, and partners across the country stepped up and filed class-action habeas litigation that successfully halted these deportations, given people time to find lawyers and file for fear-based protection, and seek bonds /3
Putting this out there into the #EndFamilySeparation universe: @MarleeDeck and I are trying to reunite two families today. Not tomorrow. Today. Do I know anyone willing to use frequent flier miles to buy tickets for a mom to fly from Nashville (BNA) to NYC & back? With a +1 home.
Heartfelt apologies for the disappointment felt by my 1000s of new MAGA followers who read the thread I wrote about my meeting with Pres. Obama that’s bounced around 19M times (literally). But maybe you’ll be interested in what @AlexNowrasteh and @mkolken have to say. #FF
It has been amazing to watch a couple thousand people tweet some version of “where was your outrage when Obama did it?!” at liberals and fake news outlets, while simultaneously showing zero outrage now, and doing nothing to stop it. If that’s the takeaway, idk, Man. IDK.
There used to be three or four main idealogical tent poles to conservatism and the Republican Party: (1) libertarianism/limited government “less government = more freedom; (2) “Moral Majority”/WWJD/“values voters” (3) Fiscal conservatives (4) strong national defense. Not anymore.
3/ Systemically failing to conduct meaningful investigations of its own prisons in order to comply with the Performance-Based National Detention Standards governing these facilities and their private, for-profit contractors? ☑️ oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/…
Release: Because for-profit or military imprisonment is unnecessary and illegal
Represent: Because represented children and families have a 96% court appearance rate and are 400% more likely to win their claims for relief
Reunify: Because we can do it faster than the government
Please read all of this. We’re living in a moment when the same government officials crying for “law and order” are lying to the judiciary: Federal judge frees Salvadoran teen accused of gang ties, pens lengthy rebuke of his detention by ICE interc.pt/2KbcYuN by @alicesperi
@Gregoire1125, warrior with the @LegalAidNYC Immigration Pro Bono project, is doing as much as anyone in immigration courts and federal courts across the country to hold government officials accountable when they make shit up, tear families apart, and deport US Citizens.
Secret evidence, secret courts, and purportedly unreviewable allegations of gang associations are being used to stigmatize Central American migrants, and scapegoat immigrant communities. @ILRC_SF@OCAD_CHI@NIPNLG@ACLU_NorCal and @abogadatejana and others are fighting back.
Thread: KC immigration attorney Andrea Martinez brings her 3 year-old client in for deportation at 3am. ICE invites her into their lobby. Then, when she tries to come in, shoves her to the ground and breaks her foot. amp.thedailybeast.com/immigration-at… (Video)
Andrea attempts to enter, gets grabbed, then shoved to the ground. All without any oral warning.
It’s 3 am, but several dozen community members are there to make sure this kid knows he’s not alone.
Thread: How did we get here?
In 2015, I shook President Obama’s hand, thanked him for DACA, and asked him to reverse course & close the for-profit baby jails (also known as “family detention centers”) he opened in Dilley & Karnes City, Texas. What he said shook me to my core 1/
2/ Specifically, I told him, “It’s wrong. And it’s going to be a stain on your legacy.” He stopped moving on to the next person in the rope line and looked back at me. I’d gotten his attention. He turned back, looked at me and “Are you an immigration lawyer?” “Yes”
3/ Just days before, President Obama’s senior immigration policy advisor @cecmunoz had received a chilly welcome during her keynote address to the @AILANational annual conference attendees in National Harbor. She was greeted with silent protest & signs saying #EndFamilyDetention