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.
Jul 14, 2018 • 7 tweets • 6 min read
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
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.
Jul 3, 2018 • 15 tweets • 5 min read
.@KamalaHarris might point out “what ICE really does” includes some other links. Thread? Okay.
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.
Jun 26, 2018 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
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.
Jun 25, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
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Jun 19, 2018 • 24 tweets • 9 min read
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”