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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. AILA: Expansion of Family Detention Means the US Will Jail More Victims

    by , 09-23-2014 at 05:32 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14092345 (posted Sep. 23, 2014)

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    George Tzamaras or Belle Woods
    202-507-7649 - 202-507-7675
    gtzamaras@aila.org - bwoods@aila.org

    Washington, DC
    - Leslie A. Holman, President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) responded to the confirmation today that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has contracted with a private prison corporation to open a massive new detention facility for families in Dilley, Texas:

    "This is the latest example of the Obama Administration compounding its mistakes and treating asylum-seeking mothers and children as criminals rather than families seeking safety. I'm disappointed that the Administration is again turning away from our country's values. Jailing refugees is no way to honor our nation's tradition of welcoming and protecting those fleeing danger and violence.

    "You can call it a 'Family Residential Center' but it is a prison. Dilley will be the largest immigration detention facility nationwide-all for the purpose of jailing families. That's not what these women and children deserve. These families deserve to be released to relatives here in the U.S., to be offered a chance to post bond, and to be allowed the time required to make their asylum claims. There is also a range of alternatives that could be used, such as ankle monitors or intensive supervision. But the federal government is objecting to everything but jail detention across the board for these families. Mass imprisonment of mothers, infants, and toddlers is something I've never seen before. That's just wrong.

    "Additionally, while ICE states that it ensures that facilities offer access to counsel, that has simply not been the case at the facilities at which AILA members are volunteering. The very nature of these prisons results in attorneys being blocked from meaningful communication with their pro bono clients and a shortage of lawyers nearby, along with a host of other issues. Our members' pro bono efforts were implemented without the assistance of the federal government and required continued and constant push by our volunteers to offer the women and children their lawful chance to seek asylum.

    "What we really need, instead of millions spent on another detention facility, is to address the factors pushing children and families to make the incredibly dangerous journey northward. The current humanitarian crisis will not be solved until we focus on the root causes, which coincidentally, is also the moral thing to do."

    The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

    Updated 09-23-2014 at 07:59 PM by MKolken

  2. Only 1 of 5 Deportations Target Criminals

    by , 09-18-2014 at 09:11 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    From Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration:

    (12 Sep 2014) Immigration Court judges have ordered 82,878 individuals deported so far this fiscal year, according to the latest data as of the end of August. But in only 16,375 of these cases, about one out of every five, had the government sought the removal order because of criminal or other activity that posed a threat to public safety; the remainder involved various immigration charges.

    These new filings contribute to a workload that already outstrips the capacity of the limited number of Immigration Court judges. As a result, the court's backlog of cases awaiting hearing has increased to 408,037 as of the end of August.

    So far this fiscal year, deportation was ordered in just over half (50.2 percent) of Immigration Court dispositions. The highest percentage of deportation orders were issued by immigration courts in Georgia (77.4 percent) and Louisiana (75.4 percent). The lowest proportion of deportation orders this year were issued by the courts in Oregon (25.8 percent) and New York (30.0 percent).

    So much for the claim that Obama is deporting serious criminals and threats to public safety.

    Updated 09-18-2014 at 01:29 PM by MKolken

  3. The Audacity of Nope

    by , 09-15-2014 at 08:02 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    My latest op-ed published on Fox News Latino asks the question: Are immigration reform advocates really left with no choice this November?

    The short answer: No.

    I contend that the most powerful way to send a message to Washington is not for the Hispanic electorate to sit this one out, but rather to vote en masse for third-party candidates acting as a destructive force in as many elections as possible. Let the pollsters sift through the data to show that, absent Latino support, candidates of all party affiliation can not win office. This is the only way for the lesson to be learned that if you betray the largest growing electorate in this country there will be a price to be paid come Election Day.

    Click here to read the entire article.
  4. The Young Turks: "Obama Plays Pathetic Political Games"

    by , 09-10-2014 at 03:23 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    This is spot on commentary:

    Updated 09-16-2014 at 09:54 AM by MKolken

  5. Erika Andiola to Cecilia Munoz: "Don't use me as an excuse to deport my mother"

    by , 09-09-2014 at 10:26 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    Sept 8, 2014

    Erika Andiola
    (480) 278-6843
    *** STATEMENT ***

    "Don't use me as an excuse to deport my mother"

    Phoenix, AZ- After Comments from Cecilia Munoz comments about her, DREAMer Erika Andiola Responds to Obama's Immigration Advisor:

    Today, Cecilia Munoz, Obama's Immigration Advisor, appeared on MSNBC with Jose Diaz Balart. She said "the situation at the border that happened over the summer has been really, really, heavily exploited by the other side of the aisle," that the "political dynamic had changed," and that enforcement priorities would be focused on people "convicted of serious crimes and people who are recent arrivals."

    Erika Andiola, Dream Action Coalition Director, issued the following statement:

    "As a Latina, it was heartbreaking to hear Cecilia Munoz use me and the fact that I have DACA as an excuse for the President to delay deportation relief. Not only is she undermining my family, especially my mom who is currently in deportation proceedings, but also 1000 people who are deported every day under her watch. Obama's delay was not intended to protect DACA, but rather, is a cynical political calculation to protect his party's political interests."

    "The political dynamics haven't changed: the House is still completely unreasonable, and we will have no relief until after 2016 if Obama doesn't step in. As I worry about my mothers potential upcoming deportation, I find it ironic that Munoz says enforcement won't be used against people like her with no criminal record who has been here for 16 years: the majority of Obama's 2 million deportees had little or no criminal record. The excuses fall flat, and the comfort is fake."

    "Instead of talking about us on TV, why doesn't Cecilia Munoz arrange a meeting with people who are directly affected by this situation and the Presisent? We are tired of being used as a talking point, and when it comes to deciding our future, they seem to talk to everyone except us. We are our own advocates and can speak for ourselves."

    "Would the President meet with us, look at us in the eye and tell us that because of our DACA he will deport our parents?"

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