Obama Promised Admin Would Not Indefinitely Detain American Citizens without Trial, But Continues to Deport Them

On New Year’s Eve, President Obama promised that his “Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens.”

But his Administration continues to deport them.

Consider the example of Jakadrian Turner, the 15 year old African American girl who spoke no Spanish but was deported to Colombia in April.

[After running away from home in Dallas] Jakadrien somehow ended up in Houston, where she was arrested by Houston police for theft. She gave Houston police a fake name. When police in Houston ran that name, it belonged to a 22-year-old illegal immigrant from Columbia, who had warrants for her arrest.

So ICE officials stepped in.

News 8 has learned ICE took the girl’s fingerprints, but somehow didn’t confirm her identity and deported her to Colombia, where the Colombian government gave her a work card and released her.

“She talked about how they had her working in this big house cleaning all day, and how tired she was,” Turner said.

Now some might blame this girl for giving the cops a false name–though pictures suggest she still looks like a teenager, so that itself is problematic.

But what this demonstrates is how low the due process requirements are on ICE deportations. Not her fingerprints, not her lack of identification, not her youth, not even basic common sense prevented her from getting deported to a country to which she had no tie.

And for all the solace that Defense Authorization supporters took (naively, I maintain) in habeas corpus, in a country where citizens can be deported based on gross error, in a country where this is not an isolated incident, that doesn’t amount to much.

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bmaz @afc1969 @ThisIsJoshSmith Yeah, maybe not. Not sure what happened, but the tweet was asinine and crass. To be kind.
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bmaz @afc1969 I have no idea why Twitter reflected it was dead. I don't think I miscopied it, but it is certainly possible.
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bmaz @afc1969 Yeah, dunno. It was a direct copy of the URL to his tweet. That is all I know. In fairness, this was it https://t.co/mAWU1hdHas
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bmaz @walterwkatz ...moral too. But, whatever, even if you believe in DP, Wood and Lockett are truly sickening. laughing at it is sub-human.
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bmaz @walterwkatz I mean, really, my opposition to the DP is really more practical, cost+lack of deterrent based than moral, although I have...
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bmaz @walterwkatz Sound decision. Not sure why I was was so slow on the uptake....
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bmaz @taschmaler Ima guess the "I am a pain in the ass" part is correct....
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bmaz @hboulware Ta ta sick person!
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bmaz @hboulware What makes you think he wasn't? Are you an apologistic inhuman jackass motherfucker. You too can go fuck yourself.
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bmaz @afc1969 Wait, that was you! Do you have link to the one, happy to answer question if I can.
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bmaz @afc1969 I am not sure, I blocked that jackass. But it was not just me who said that, someone else said it was gone too.
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bmaz @MonaHol @ThisIsJoshSmith That is exactly what has been portrayed.
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