DHS and ICE Violating Human Rights of Legal Permanent Residents

Posted on July 3, 2007. Filed under: government, immigration, Rights & Liberties |

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Many U.S. politicians and citizens – especially those who are part of the racial majority – are in denial.

The United States of America is a nation of immigrants, but many U.S. citizens and politicians are in denial. These people seem to think they have a right to be in the U.S., while immigrants of color – especially Latinos and Asians – do not.

Politics in American towns, cities and states are becoming increasingly poisoned by venomous debates over how to deal with immigrants, given the federal government’s failure to act. Under pressure from constituents, state and local officials will increase their efforts to restrict how, where, when and under what circumstances immigrants can gather, live, study, drive and work. Local and state police forces will be enlisted in the effort, increasingly turning the United States into a police state.

Blame George W. Bush, a president whose self-inflicted wounds have left him too politically incapacitated to deliver his own party. Blame radical extremists like Tom Tancredo and Fred Thompson (the actor who would be president). Blame Republicans like Jim DeMint of South Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas and Jeff Sessions of Alabama, senators more focused on generating sound bites and 30-second attack ads than on solving the nation’s immigration problems.

They abdicated their responsibility to deal with one of the nation’s knottiest problems and perpetuated a system rife with injustice, illogic and inhumanity.

To make matters worse, the rise of a new form of radical and sophisticated terrorism is being used to justify the indeterminate detention and neglect of immigrants and – amazingly – legal permanent residents of the United States.

The New York Times reports that immigrants die in custody in the United States’ fastest-growing form of incarceration, immigration detention.

Sandra M. Kenley was returning home from her native Barbados in 2005 when she was placed in immigration detention. Seven weeks later, Ms. Kenley died in a rural Virginia jail, where she had complained of not receiving medicine for high blood pressure. She was one of 62 immigrants to die in administrative custody since 2004.

Some excerpts:

In the case of Ms. Kenley, a legal permanent resident of the United States for more than 30 years, detention interrupted her medical care for high blood pressure, a fibroid tumor and uterine bleeding. An autopsy attributed her death to an enlarged heart from chronic hypertensive disease. But a report by emergency medical services said that she had fallen from a top bunk, and that a cellmate had pounded on the door for 20 minutes before guards responded.

Ms. Kenley had been traveling with her 1-year-old granddaughter when she arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, records show, and she was ordered to return without the baby to discuss two old misdemeanor drug convictions that had surfaced in an airport database.

She obeyed. A transcript shows she admitted a conviction for drug possession in 1984 and one in 2002 for trying to buy a small amount of cocaine. She described a life derailed by drug addiction after 11 years of working in a newspaper mailroom.

“I turned my life around,” Ms. Kenley told the immigration inspector, pointing to three drug-free years after probation and treatment, completion of a nursing course, and legal custody of the granddaughter, Nakita. She also showed that she was taking blood pressure medication and was scheduled for surgery.

The inspector arrested her, invoking the law: two drug-related convictions made her subject to exclusion from the United States.

Level-headed, sensible Americans must not continue to stand idly by while dangerous extremists such as Michelle Maglalang, Tom Tancredo, Fred Thompson, and Jeff Sessions speak for the American people.

Level-headed, sensible Americans must not continue to stand idly by while the Department of Homeland Stupidity and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement goons violate the human rights and civil liberties of legal permanent residents of the United States. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is terrorizing communities across the United States. People are really scared because they could leave their homes and never see their families again. The Gestapo-styple raids of U.S. Immigration and Customs terrorists must be stopped.

Extremist groups and terrorist groups like American Border Patrol, Americans for Immigration Control, California Coalition for Immigration Reform, Federation for American Immigration Reform, Minuteman Project, Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, NumbersUSA, ProjectUSA, and VDARE do not speak for sensible Americans. The terrorist activities of these extremist fringe groups must be stopped.

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very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

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