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Immigrant detainee data cannot be produced quickly, feds say
« on: December 26, 2013, 11:48:39 AM »

NEW YORK –  Federal prosecutors say they can't meet a judge's demands they quickly deliver documents about thousands of immigrants who've been detained nationwide for months or years as their immigration statuses are reviewed.

The office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara laid out the government's position to U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman in a letter made public Wednesday.

The letter, dated Tuesday, came five days after the judge criticized the government, saying it had been on notice since the American Civil Liberties Union requested the documents nearly five years ago.

The ACLU eventually filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in Manhattan federal court in 2011 seeking documents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The ACLU questioned the practice of "prolonged immigration detention — for months, if not years — without adequate procedures in place to determine whether their detention is justified." It cited a dramatic increase in the number of immigration detainees in recent decades, noting they weren't serving criminal sentences but were being detained by the thousands to ensure they're available for removal from the country if removal is ordered and appeals are exhausted.

The judge said the government's continued refusal to produce documents had stymied efforts to reform a system in which thousands of immigrant detainees, some applicants for asylum, languish in immigration jails longer than six months.

He also attacked as "painstaking and riddled with further delay" the government's process for releasing documents, saying the government hasn't produced any documents since his Sept. 9 order to release documents and had at times claimed it would take seven years to produce 100 files.

The government, though, said in its letter it is "not feasible" to produce documents .

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Re: Immigrant detainee data cannot be produced quickly, feds say
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2013, 11:54:32 AM »

It's not feasible to produce documents on individuals who have been arrested/detained by the federal government, processed as arrestees/detainees of the federal government - which means that comprehensive information was collected about them - and imprisoned by the federal government?

In other words, is the US Attorney saying that the federal government (a) has no idea whom it's arrested/detained, (b) has no idea whom it's processed as an arrestee/detainee, (c) has no idea whom it has locked up in federal prisons/detainment centers?

Isn't that the definition of a "disappeared" - the term the Argentines used to refer to those people who were arrested and then simply disappeared into the Argentine police state, never to be heard from again.

And there are still those who are willing to defend the federal "justice" system as run by, and mostly populated by, individuals of impeccable good will and good judgment who scrupulously follow the Constitution and the law, and respect the rights of those whom they've arrested?
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Re: Immigrant detainee data cannot be produced quickly, feds say
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2013, 12:37:08 PM »
This demonstrates the incompetence of our federal government, under Obama.

What kind of job do you think they would do with data for national health care, or with data for immigration reform?

Obama got elected largely because he had virtually no resume, but gave good speeches.

Now that he has a resume, he can't seem to give a speech without multiple lies.

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