ACLU Lawyer Sounds Off On Treatment Of Migrant Detainees | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC


>>>TONIGHT GROWING OUTRAGE OVER>>>TONIGHT GROWING OUTRAGE OVER THE ARREST AND LOCK UP OF AN THE ARREST AND LOCK UP OF AN AMERICAN CITIZEN IN BATON ROUGE, AMERICAN CITIZEN IN BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA. LOUISIANA. THE ACLU SUING A LOUISIANA THE ACLU SUING A LOUISIANA SHERIFF AND SEVERAL OTHERS IN SHERIFF AND SEVERAL OTHERS IN THAT PARISH ON BEHALF OF RAMON THAT PARISH ON BEHALF OF RAMON TORRES, A U.S. CITIZEN TORRES, A U.S. CITIZEN ORIGINALLY FROM HONDURAS. ORIGINALLY FROM HONDURAS. THE LAWSUIT ALLEGING TORRES WAS THE LAWSUIT ALLEGING TORRES WAS JAILED ON SUSPICION OF DUI. JAILED ON SUSPICION OF DUI. A FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERED HIM A FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERED HIM RELEASED THE NEXT DAY, BUT JAIL RELEASED THE NEXT DAY, BUT JAIL AUTHORITIES ACTUALLY REFUSED AUTHORITIES ACTUALLY REFUSED THAT ORDER. THAT ORDER. THEY SUSPECTED HE WAS THEY SUSPECTED HE WAS UNDOCUMENTED EVEN THOUGH HE HAD UNDOCUMENTED EVEN THOUGH HE HAD A VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE ON HIM A VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE ON HIM WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED, AND EVEN WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED, AND EVEN AFTER A FRIEND QUICKLY SENT IN AFTER A FRIEND QUICKLY SENT IN COPIES OF HIS SOCIAL SECURITY COPIES OF HIS SOCIAL SECURITY CARD AND AMERICAN PASSPORT. CARD AND AMERICAN PASSPORT. TORRES WAS LOCKED UP FOR FOUR TORRES WAS LOCKED UP FOR FOUR DAYS. DAYS. THE SHERIFF SAYING IT’S THEIR THE SHERIFF SAYING IT’S THEIR POLICY TO CONTACT I.C.E. POLICY TO CONTACT I.C.E. WHENEVER THEY SUSPECT SOMEONE IS WHENEVER THEY SUSPECT SOMEONE IS UNDOCUMENTED. UNDOCUMENTED.>>>ANOTHER SHERIFF’S EMPLOYEE>>>ANOTHER SHERIFF’S EMPLOYEE ACTUALLY SAYING THEY DO THAT FOR ACTUALLY SAYING THEY DO THAT FOR ALL LATINOS WHO ARE ARRESTED. ALL LATINOS WHO ARE ARRESTED. IF TRUE, THEN THESE POLICE ARE IF TRUE, THEN THESE POLICE ARE CHANGING HOW THEY TREAT PEOPLE CHANGING HOW THEY TREAT PEOPLE BASED ON THEIR ETHNICITY OR HOW BASED ON THEIR ETHNICITY OR HOW THEY LOOK, AND THAT ECHOS THEY LOOK, AND THAT ECHOS LANGUAGE WE HEARD LAST MONTH LANGUAGE WE HEARD LAST MONTH FROM THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF FROM THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF I.C.E. I.C.E. WATCH. WATCH.>>I.C.E. DOES NOT HAVE THE>>I.C.E. DOES NOT HAVE THE LAWFUL AUTHORITY TO SAY ANYBODY LAWFUL AUTHORITY TO SAY ANYBODY IS OR IS NOT A CITIZEN. IS OR IS NOT A CITIZEN. WHAT WE DO IS WHEN WE ARE WHAT WE DO IS WHEN WE ARE PROVIDED WITH PROBATIVE EVIDENCE PROVIDED WITH PROBATIVE EVIDENCE THAT AN INDIVIDUAL IN OUR THAT AN INDIVIDUAL IN OUR CUSTODY IS — LOOKS TO BE A CUSTODY IS — LOOKS TO BE A CITIZEN, WE WILL RELEASE THAT CITIZEN, WE WILL RELEASE THAT INDIVIDUAL FROM WILL RELEASE THA INDIVIDUAL FROM WILL RELEASE THA CITIZEN FROM CUSTODY. CITIZEN FROM CUSTODY.>>YOU ADVANCE IT WHEN THEY LOOK>>YOU ADVANCE IT WHEN THEY LOOK TO BE A CITIZEN. TO BE A CITIZEN. IT JUST STRIKES ME THAT ALL OF IT JUST STRIKES ME THAT ALL OF THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE LATINOS THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE LATINOS AND THAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT AND THAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT HOW SOMEONE LOOKS. HOW SOMEONE LOOKS. SO CAN YOU TALK TO ME A LITTLE SO CAN YOU TALK TO ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT — BIT ABOUT –>>ACTUALLY, I WAS NOT REFERRING>>ACTUALLY, I WAS NOT REFERRING TO ANYBODY’S APPEARANCE, AND TO ANYBODY’S APPEARANCE, AND THAT WAS CLEAR IF ANYBODY THAT WAS CLEAR IF ANYBODY LISTENED TO THE CONTEXT OF WHAT LISTENED TO THE CONTEXT OF WHAT I WAS SAYING. I WAS SAYING.>>ALL RIGHT.>>ALL RIGHT. WITH ME NOW IS AN EXECUTIVE WITH ME NOW IS AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ACLU OF DIRECTOR OF THE ACLU OF LOUISIANA, THE GROUP BEHIND THIS LOUISIANA, THE GROUP BEHIND THIS LAWSUIT. LAWSUIT. GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US THIS GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US THIS EVENING. EVENING. LET’S START WITH THE LAWSUIT LET’S START WITH THE LAWSUIT ITSELF. ITSELF. WHY DID YOU OR WHY DID THE ACLU WHY DID YOU OR WHY DID THE ACLU FILE THIS LAWSUIT ON BEHALF OF FILE THIS LAWSUIT ON BEHALF OF THE MR. TORREZ? THE MR. TORREZ?>>THE ACLU FILED THIS LAWSUIT>>THE ACLU FILED THIS LAWSUIT BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IT IS BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE FOR A PERSON, A UNCONSCIONABLE FOR A PERSON, A U.S. CITIZEN, TO BE DETAINED AND U.S. CITIZEN, TO BE DETAINED AND INCOURSE RATED BASED ON THEIR INCOURSE RATED BASED ON THEIR LOOKS, BASED ON THEIR RACE OR LOOKS, BASED ON THEIR RACE OR BASED ON ETHNICITY. BASED ON ETHNICITY. IT IS A VIOLATION OF MR. IT IS A VIOLATION OF MR. TORREZ’S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, TORREZ’S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, BOTH HIS FOURTH AND 14th BOTH HIS FOURTH AND 14th AMENDMENT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. AMENDMENT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. THE ACLU WANTS TO BE ON THE THE ACLU WANTS TO BE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THIS BATTLE FRONT LINES OF THIS BATTLE AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP’S MASS AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP’S MASS DEPORTATION AGENDA HERE IN DEPORTATION AGENDA HERE IN LOUISIANA. LOUISIANA.>>DO YOU HAVE ANY EVIDENCE OR>>DO YOU HAVE ANY EVIDENCE OR DO YOU BELIEVE THAT AUTHORITIES DO YOU BELIEVE THAT AUTHORITIES HAVE NOW AT LEAST ADMITTED THAT HAVE NOW AT LEAST ADMITTED THAT ETHNICITY OR HIS ETHNICITY TO BE ETHNICITY OR HIS ETHNICITY TO BE SPECIFIC WAS A FACTOR IN HIS SPECIFIC WAS A FACTOR IN HIS DETENTION? DETENTION?>>WELL, I CAN TELL YOU THIS,>>WELL, I CAN TELL YOU THIS, MR. TORREZ HAD VALID — A VALID MR. TORREZ HAD VALID — A VALID SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, HE HAD A SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, HE HAD A VALID LOUISIANA DRIVER’S VALID LOUISIANA DRIVER’S LICENSE, WHICH YOU CANNOT OBTAIN LICENSE, WHICH YOU CANNOT OBTAIN UNLESS YOU PROVIDE PROOF OF UNLESS YOU PROVIDE PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP. CITIZENSHIP. HE HAD A PASSPORT AND HIS FAMILY HE HAD A PASSPORT AND HIS FAMILY MEMBERS AND CO-WORKERS PROVIDED MEMBERS AND CO-WORKERS PROVIDED ADDITIONAL — ADDITIONAL PROOF ADDITIONAL — ADDITIONAL PROOF THAT HE WAS A U.S. CITIZEN. THAT HE WAS A U.S. CITIZEN. AND SO ONCE THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND SO ONCE THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVED THAT INFORMATION AND RECEIVED THAT INFORMATION AND DECIDED TO CONTINUE TO HOLD MR. DECIDED TO CONTINUE TO HOLD MR. TORREZ, EVEN DESPITE A JUDGE’S TORREZ, EVEN DESPITE A JUDGE’S ORDERS, WHAT ELSE CAN A ORDERS, WHAT ELSE CAN A REASONABLE PERSON THINK OTHER REASONABLE PERSON THINK OTHER THAN THE SHERIFF WAS HOLDING MR. THAN THE SHERIFF WAS HOLDING MR. TORREZ BASED UPON HIS ETHNICITY TORREZ BASED UPON HIS ETHNICITY AND SUSPICION THAT HE WAS IN AND SUSPICION THAT HE WAS IN THIS COUNTRY AS AN UNDOCUMENTED THIS COUNTRY AS AN UNDOCUMENTED PERSON? PERSON?>>HOW HAS MR. TORREZ’S TIME IN>>HOW HAS MR. TORREZ’S TIME IN JAIL — HOW WAS HE TREATED ONCE JAIL — HOW WAS HE TREATED ONCE HE WAS THERE DESPITE THE FACT HE WAS THERE DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE TRIED TO PROVE HIS THAT HE TRIED TO PROVE HIS CITIZENSHIP? CITIZENSHIP?>>MR. TORREZ RECOUNTS THAT>>MR. TORREZ RECOUNTS THAT THERE WERE MANY OTHER THERE WERE MANY OTHER INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE NOT INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE NOT REPRESENTED, WHO WERE SIMILARLY REPRESENTED, WHO WERE SIMILARLY SITUATED, WHOSE RIGHTS WERE SITUATED, WHOSE RIGHTS WERE LIKELY BEING VIE LATELIED AS LIKELY BEING VIE LATELIED AS WELL, AND SO WE KNOW THAT THIS WELL, AND SO WE KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT AN ISOLATED CASE AND WE IS NOT AN ISOLATED CASE AND WE ALSO KNOW THAT MANY OF THE ALSO KNOW THAT MANY OF THE FACILITIES THAT ARE BEING USED FACILITIES THAT ARE BEING USED TO HOUSE FOLKS IN LOUISIANA ARE TO HOUSE FOLKS IN LOUISIANA ARE NOT — ARE FACILITIES THAT ARE NOT — ARE FACILITIES THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY — WERE DEEMED VERY ESSENTIALLY — WERE DEEMED VERY VIOLENT PLACES, VERY BRUTAL VIOLENT PLACES, VERY BRUTAL PLACES, AND SO THIS IS CERTAINLY PLACES, AND SO THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT A PLACE THAT ANY CITIZEN NOT A PLACE THAT ANY CITIZEN WOULD WANT TO END UP, AND WOULD WANT TO END UP, AND CERTAINLY NOT IN THE CERTAINLY NOT IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WE FOUND MR. CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WE FOUND MR. TORREZ IN. TORREZ IN.>>SO LET ME JUXTAPOSE YOUR>>SO LET ME JUXTAPOSE YOUR ANSWER THAT YOU JUST SAID THERE ANSWER THAT YOU JUST SAID THERE FOR US WITH HOW THE TRUMP FOR US WITH HOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND BORDER ADMINISTRATION AND BORDER OFFICIALS WITHIN THAT OFFICIALS WITHIN THAT ADMINISTRATION HAVE DESCRIBED ADMINISTRATION HAVE DESCRIBED IMMIGRATION DETENTION IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITIES. FACILITIES. WATCH THIS. WATCH THIS.>>SO, IF YOU THINK OF YOURSELF>>SO, IF YOU THINK OF YOURSELF AS A COLLEGE DORMITORY, THAT’S AS A COLLEGE DORMITORY, THAT’S WHAT THE ROOMS LOOK LIKE. WHAT THE ROOMS LOOK LIKE.>>THEY’RE CAMPUS-LIKE SETTINGS>>THEY’RE CAMPUS-LIKE SETTINGS WITH APPROPRIATE MEDICAL, WITH APPROPRIATE MEDICAL, EDUCATIONAL, RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL, RECREATIONAL AND DINING AND HOUSING FACILITIES. DINING AND HOUSING FACILITIES.>>I THINK THE BEST WAY TO>>I THINK THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE THEM IS TO BE MORE LIKE DESCRIBE THEM IS TO BE MORE LIKE A SUMMER CAMP. A SUMMER CAMP.>>YOUR REACTION TO THAT?>>YOUR REACTION TO THAT?>>I’M APPALLED.>>I’M APPALLED. AND I THINK EVERY CITIZEN IN AND I THINK EVERY CITIZEN IN THIS COUNTRY SHOULD BE APPALLED. THIS COUNTRY SHOULD BE APPALLED. WE HAVE MORE DEFENSE FACILITIES WE HAVE MORE DEFENSE FACILITIES OPENING EVERY DAY IN LOUISIANA OPENING EVERY DAY IN LOUISIANA THAN ANY OTHER PLACE IN THE THAN ANY OTHER PLACE IN THE COUNTRY, AND THAT IS BECAUSE COUNTRY, AND THAT IS BECAUSE LOUISIANA IS A PLACE WHERE THE LOUISIANA IS A PLACE WHERE THE IMMIGRATION JUDGES ARE MORE IMMIGRATION JUDGES ARE MORE STRINGENT THAN OTHER PLACES IN STRINGENT THAN OTHER PLACES IN THE COUNTRY. THE COUNTRY. THESE DETENTION FACILITIES ARE THESE DETENTION FACILITIES ARE IN REMOTE LOCATIONS. IN REMOTE LOCATIONS. WHERE LAWYERS CANNOT ACCESS WHERE LAWYERS CANNOT ACCESS THEIR CLIENTS. THEIR CLIENTS. AND WE’VE ALREADY SEEN STORIES AND WE’VE ALREADY SEEN STORIES OF FOLKS BEING TEAR GASSED FOR OF FOLKS BEING TEAR GASSED FOR EXERCISING THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT EXERCISING THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS WHEN THEY DO HUNGER RIGHTS WHEN THEY DO HUNGER PROTESTS AND THINGS OF THIS PROTESTS AND THINGS OF THIS NATURE. NATURE. THEY’VE BEEN BEATEN. THEY’VE BEEN BEATEN. THEY’VE BEEN TEAR GASSED. THEY’VE BEEN TEAR GASSED. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE THAT IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE THAT SOMEONE WOULD DESCRIBE THESE SOMEONE WOULD DESCRIBE THESE CIRCUMSTANCES AS A SUMMER CAMP. CIRCUMSTANCES AS A SUMMER CAMP. I WOULD NOT ALLOW MY CHILD TO BE I WOULD NOT ALLOW MY CHILD TO BE IN THOSE FACILITIES. IN THOSE FACILITIES. ALL OF US AS AMERICANS SHOULD BE ALL OF US AS AMERICANS SHOULD BE OUTRAGED THAT THIS IS BEING OUTRAGED THAT THIS IS BEING CHARACTERIZED IN THIS WAY. CHARACTERIZED IN THIS WAY. IT’S NOT ONLY A

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42 thoughts on “ACLU Lawyer Sounds Off On Treatment Of Migrant Detainees | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

  1. THE MIGRANT DETAINEES ARE FREE TO LEAVE. Repeat: THE MIGRANT DETAINEES ARE FREE TO LEAVE. Yes–that's right. In this horrible "concentration camp" where they are subject to such "inhumane treatment", THE MIGRANT DETAINEES ARE FREE TO LEAVE. Just like Ocassio and Tlaib and Omar and Presley, THEY ARE FREE TO LEAVE. (Frankly, I wish they would.)

  2. This is violations of American law on profiling by color not facts. Misuse of the valuable tool and intent of profiling.

  3. Love the ACLU, support them every year. Democracy needs guard groups like it, even more in these dark times.

  4. He shows proof of citizenship, his family and coworkers speak up for him and a judge tells them to release him, what else can this man do to get his freedom? This is utterly messed up

  5. The people that voted this maniac into office sold their souls to the devil. it's no wonder Trump relates to them they blame everyone for their problems and not own up to their mistakes. These voters are the ones that are to blame instead of fix it themselves they rely on other to do their dirty work. There is no plan to fix the immigration this is a plan that this maniacal government to devide and do Hitler's job in this century. Trump and his followers are the epitome of pure evil.

  6. Oh my God are you serious they made a mistake. Outrage huh ? Is he alive ? I wonder where all the left-wing outrage is for the 65 million developing defenseless innocent unborn human babies ?…………………………….
    ………….crickets………………………………………………………………………..Christians murdered in the middle east………………………………………………………….crickets……………………….Christians imprisoned in China…………………………………………………………..crickets…………………………..Katie Couric and other celebrities seen dining out with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein when he got released the last time from his vacation "prison sentence" before the leftist child trafficking cabal had him murdered in prison……………………………………………………………crickets……………………..you low life's have your priorities all screwed up. And you have to have virtue before you can legitimately virtue signal. And the democrats and the left and the progressives and the communists and the marxists and the socialists and the fascists that y'all represent are completely void of virtue. So anybody with any substance is laughing at y'all anyway. Unless this guy was beaten beyond recognition or murdered this is a back page story.

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  7. Blame Trump for that … the orange biach has incited all these racists to follow him on this human rights violations … just madness!!!

  8. It hurts me to the core hearing seeing what these people have to go through these are human beings we are talking about and those that support these policies are sociopaths think about the trauma these people have to go through if that doesn't do you anything you are probably a monster without empathy…

  9. This is SICK! A racist based assessment is in complete violation of any persons constitutional rights that the GOP bigots are determined to shred

  10. Terror Trump administration embracing the dark side now, using white supremacism as the creature feature attraction in bid to win reelection! You know just how truly pathetic things are when the best thing going for the Republican Presidential candidate is his rampant racism.

  11. Hateful coward in El Paso just following along with his Coward-in-Chief. How many more victims from these hateful cowards incited by Terrorist Trump's highly incendiary racist rhetoric?

  12. For three years, Republicans have propped up and protected a racist, corrupt, sociopathic narcissistic menace to society, gaslighting and covering up Traitor Trump crimes, ineptness, and incompetence. Republicans don't really care about our country; time and again, for decades now, they have put their politics and greed for power above the welfare of this nation. The destructiveness of GOP politics on American government began under Nixon, but starting with Reagan it became a Republican selling point. Conservatism won't die, but Republicanism has become a zero-sum game for losers. This incarnation of the GOP needs to die, or it will be the end of American greatness.

  13. Well, the illegal immigrants are partially blamed too. They make all Hispanic people look guilty. And those look like Hispanic at risk for detained or the target of hate crime. They're putting our lives at risk.

  14. Merriam-Webster updating their dictionary to include new definition for 'Republican.'  "A hypocritical regressive racist obstructionist who doesn't need a reason when treason is in season."

  15. White Evangelicals made deal with the devil, crucified their plastic Jesus on their used popsicle stick. Because family values?!

  16. The Nazi state, white supremacy the gutter of human rights and equality, massa hold him even when told the man was a citizen, white privilege gone arye and hate the other routine!!!!!!!

  17. Inez Qtaish is writing" I was nice and thin until the doctor's on 56th pulaski started giving me those steroid injections. I been trying my best to get back down to my normal size like in my facebook picture, I'm losing weight slowly , I am not big butt I'm not small either .

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