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Matthew Kolken Quoted in Business Insider

Published: Jul 18, 2018

Matthew Kolken, an immigration lawyer on the board of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told Business Insider that Obama's solution to a 2014 wave of illegal immigration from Central America "was to cage mothers with children in deportation internment camps."

Fleeing Central America, where murder rates in some places are among the world's highest, thousands of unaccompanied minors headed for the US's southern border in 2014 seeking safety. But when they got there, they found the Obama administration ready to take extraordinary steps to stop them.

Kolken says Obama created something called a "rocket docket" that "fast-tracked the deportation of toddlers and families, oftentimes without lawyers," to maintain compliance with the Flores agreement, a settlement barring the US from holding migrant children for more than 20 days.

"They basically were torturing people," Kolken said of the Obama administration. "They were putting them in freezers and holding them there until they could be transferred to an expedited deportation." Kolken says the detention centers were purposefully put in remote locations to stop immigration lawyers and activists from helping the detained.

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