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    Immigrants object to growing use of ankle monitors after detention

    August 2, 2015
    By Molly Hennessy-Fiske

    The Honduran woman and her 11-year-old son were just preparing to leave the detention center in remote Karnes City, Texas, and rejoin family in Chicago, when officials sprang a surprise on her.

    After spending two months at the facility, the woman faced a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent insisting she accept an electronic ankle monitor as a condition of her release.

    "No, this is unjust. I don't want you to put it on," said the 32-year-old woman, who asked to be identified only by her first name, Nely, due to her pending immigration case.

    The official, she recalled, told her: "We give you free food, free clothing, a place to sleep. So you just need to deal with it."

    GPS ankle monitors are becoming standard equipment for immigration officials along the border. In July, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, used about 9,300 ankle monitors at a time — 40% more than about six months ago. They are run by a government contractor, BI Inc., a subsidiary of the country's second-largest prison company, which also operates immigration detention centers.

    Officials say the monitors are a cheap and effective way to ensure that immigrants released from detention attend court hearings.

    The monitors cost an average of $5 a day per person, according to an ICE spokesman, and are part of the agency's Alternatives to Detention program, which also may require immigrants to report by phone or in person. In contrast, detention costs an average of $130 per day per person, and can cost over $330 at some detention centers.

    It's not clear how effective ankle monitors are. Last week, officials stopped releasing figures for how many immigrants wearing the devices show up in court, saying they were trying to verify data.

    Immigrants, who call the monitors grilletes, or shackles, complain that they are uncomfortable, inconvenient and carry a stigma.

    "They feel like a criminal," said Sister Norma Pimentel, who runs an immigrant aid center on the Texas border, in McAllen. "They say, 'How will I be able to work with that?' They pray they don't get it."

    The ankle monitors are part of the government effort to handle the surge of thousands of children and families, mostly Central Americans, who have been crossing into the U.S. for more than a year.

    The U.S. went from one 95-bed immigrant family detention center in Pennsylvania to three, the two newest in Karnes City and Dilley, Texas. By year's end, the centers will have a total of 3,700 beds.

    There are now about 1,700 adults and children in family detention. As it has expanded, family detention has also increasingly come under attack by immigration lawyers, advocacy groups and lawmakers, who have pressured ICE to release more immigrants.

    In June, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson announced several changes to family detention, including releasing on reasonable bonds and with ankle monitors family members found to have a fear of persecution in their home countries.

    Johnson told the House Judiciary Committee that ICE was "ramping up" its use of ankle monitors and intended to more than double the total number monitored, from 23,000 last year to 53,000 in 2016.

    Ankle monitors are not issued to those under 18, pregnant women or others with "significant medical issues."

    ICE officials say ankle monitors are used "on a case-by-case basis with a priority for detention of serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety. Those who are not subject to mandatory detention and don't pose a threat to the community may be placed on some form of supervision."

    But immigrant advocates argue that many detainees are coerced into wearing them.

    Last week, the CARA Pro Bono Legal Project in Dilley and other immigrant lawyers' groups sent a letter to ICE Director Sarah Saldaña demanding the agency stop using the monitors.

    In a motion also filed last week, they allege ICE officials recently summoned about 100 immigrant women in the detention center at Dilley to makeshift trailer courtrooms and urged them to sign paperwork to be released with ankle monitors in lieu of bond.

    Several of the women filed affidavits saying they had been forced to accept ankle monitors. "I signed it because I am desperate to get out of here. My son has been extremely ill," a Guatemalan woman wrote in one of the affidavits.

    ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen says they are reviewing the claims.

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/immigr...ry.html#page=1
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    Thank god they at least do that! Otherwise they'd NEVER show up in court! Ideally they should be sent back immediately unless they have a TRUE asylum case that qualifies for refugee status which is rare.

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    Cry babies.

    They often make false claims for asylum. How can we verify their stories? We know they are coached as to what to say upon entry.

    Send them somewhere else for their asylum. We are overloaded and don't like what is happening to our country.
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    The fact that they so brazenly protest government policies is indicative of how far our control of national sovereignty has deteriorated. What will be the future then, with this trend established? We already have illegal alien advocates seated in advisory roles in our local governments.

    WAKE UP CONSERVATIVES!!

    Another area of conservative ignorance---the Foreign Agents Registration Act forbids lobbying on behalf of foreign principals without proper registration AND dislosure. Obama brought this up as a Senator and complained about AIPAC lobbying, and knew where to direct the complaint.

    We need to remind the GOP controlled Judiciary Committees that this kind of activity is prohibited by US law, not just ignore the issue as too "complex" or "legal". And actually FDR and Clinton enacted most of the legislation on the issue.
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    Illegals forced to wear ankle bracelets feel like criminals

    August 6, 2015
    By Newsmachete

    What has our country become when uninvited guests who come across our borders are forced to wear ankle monitors? It's almost like saying that these people have committed a crime!

    They're understandably outraged:

    The Honduran woman and her 11-year-old son were just preparing to leave the detention center in remote Karnes City, Texas, and rejoin family in Chicago, when officials sprang a surprise on her.

    After spending two months at the facility, the woman faced a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent insisting she accept an electronic ankle monitor as a condition of her release.

    "No, this is unjust. I don't want you to put it on," said the 32-year-old woman, who asked to be identified only by her first name, Nely, due to her pending immigration case
    .

    The woman, who doesn't want to give her last name because she's charged with a crime, says it's unjust to treat her like she's been charged with a crime. This blog piece just writes itself!

    The official, she recalled, told her: "We give you free food, free clothing, a place to sleep. So you just need to deal with it."

    Do you think it's fair for immigration officials to give all these free things and then expect something in return? What kind of society operates that way?

    Officials say the monitors are a cheap and effective way to ensure that immigrants released from detention attend court hearings.

    Have you ever heard of any problems with illegals not showing up for their hearings? I don't think it happens. Do you?

    Immigrants, who call the monitors grilletes, or shackles, complain that they are uncomfortable, inconvenient and carry a stigma.

    Do you think the stigma for illegal aliens is great enough to make them return to their own countries? And by the way, which do you like better, illegal aliens con grilletes, or illegal aliens con carne?

    "They feel like a criminal," said Sister Norma Pimentel, who runs an immigrant aid center on the Texas border, in McAllen.

    Immigrants complain the devices have to be charged frequently with short cords that leave them tethered to outlets. According to ICE officials, the monitors take about two hours to charge
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    Do you think Walmarts near the border are having a run on extra-long extension cords?

    Victor Cruz, 41, a taxi driver from Usulutan, El Salvador, who crossed the border into Texas with his 12-year-old daughter illegally last month, has been released with an ankle monitor.

    "It bothers me — it hurts my skin and it's hot," he said during a stop at the church in McAllen, sheepishly lifting his right pant leg to show the bulky black device
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    Do you think there is any danger that if we inconvenience Victor enough, he might get fed up and go home?

    Instead of ankle monitors, advocates said immigrant families should be provided with legal and social services — that the government should shift from punishing to aiding asylum seekers, the way it assists refugees.

    This makes the most sense. Our immigration policy should be about satisfying the needs of the self-selected individuals who come into the country, not about what is best for our own country. If we started placing the needs of our citizens above these fine self-selected guests, where would our country be today?

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/...criminals.html
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