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ICE Reportedly Torturing Cameroonian Asylum Seekers Into Deportation

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In just the past year and a half, the Trump administration's war on immigrants has perpetrated the following crimes against humanity:

That's far from all.

Licensed Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) psychotherapists are violating migrant children's trust by submitting confidential session notes to ICE, which then uses the information against the children in immigration court to deny them asylum status and deport them.

Several asylum seekers have died in CBP custody.

Two years ago we learned about refugee children in U.S. custody being injected with psychotropic drugs.

In August 2019, the Trump administration ramped up its war on immigrants when it proposed denying green cards or visas to immigrants who rely on public benefits like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Medicaid, and Section-8 housing.

Last month we learned about immigrant women detained in the private prison company LaSalle Corrections-owned Irwin County detention center in Georgia being subjected to involuntary hysterectomies.

And, of course, there is the administration's child separation policy for which 545 migrant children's parents cannot be located.

Amid all this, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a.k.a. Trump's deportation force, are now being accused of torturing Cameroonian asylum seekers into signing their own stipulated orders of removal, or deportation orders in which asylum seekers waive their rights to further immigration hearings.

Many detained in a Mississippi ICE detention center refused to sign because of the threats to their lives back in Cameroon.

Detainee "Patrick" has been unable to sleep fearing ICE agents might come to deport him.

He told The Guardian:

"I live in worry because I don't know what awaits me. I don't even know what the next day is going to look like, and will I be taken back home."

His lawyer, Ruth Hargrove, explained:

"He actually has a very strong case for asylum, but the problem is he may die before he gets his hearing, because he was supposed to be on that plane that went out last week [clandestine Oct. 13 flight to Douala with 60 Cameroonian and 28 Congolese asylum seekers], and his ICE officer just guaranteed that he will be on the next flight."

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