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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. Statistics Show Obama Administration is Arresting Immigrants at Unprecedented Levels

    by , 01-26-2015 at 10:12 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics recently released a report confirming what I have long been saying: the Obama administration is targeting immigrants for prosecution at unprecedented levels in order to bolster criminal deportation statistics to the benefit of serious criminals.

    From the report:

    The number of federal arrests declined from 179,034 in 2010 to 172,248 in 2012. The decline in arrests was due to decreases across several offense types, including property (down 3,381), drug (down 2,786), and supervision violations (down 2,607). During this period, arrests for immigration offenses increased by 3,203. Illegal immigration (50%) was the most common arrest offense in 2012, followed by drug (15%) and supervision (13%) violations. From 2010 to 2012, arrests for regulatory offenses increased from 266 to 300 (average annual increase of 6%). Sex offense arrests increased at the next fastest rate (up 3% per year), followed by immigration offenses (up 2%). During this period, fraud offenses (down 10% per year) declined the most, followed by other property (down 6%) and supervision (down 5%) offenses.

    Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration compiles more recent statistics. They have found that during FY 2014 the Obama administration reported 86,574 new immigration prosecutions. TRAC also found that prosecutions for immigration related crimes under the Obama administration are up 129 percent from 2004, and up 1,406 percent from 1994.

    Remember when President Obama said deportations of "criminals" is up 70 percent under his administration? Well, now you know why.
  2. Briefing on the State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities

    by , 01-22-2015 at 10:52 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    For immediate release

    January 14, 2015

    U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces Briefing on the State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities

    Media contact: Marlene Sallo
    Staff Director
    (202) 376-8591

    Immigration detention, which is non-criminal custody while awaiting deportation or right to stay, has become one of the fastest-growing and least-examined types of incarceration in the U.S. Because of reports of severe abuse of detainees, including minors, the Commission will examine equal protection concerns and Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement treatment of adult and minor detainees in representative detention facilities under federal law.

    WHAT: Briefing on "State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities"

    WHEN: January 30, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4 PM Eastern


    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
    1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1150
    Washington, DC 20425 (Entrance on F Street NW)

    LIVE STREAM: The briefing will be live-streamed at http://gorebrothers.com/Podcasts/USC...ming_live.html and the link will also be accessible via our website before the briefing at: www.usccr.gov.


    Mariso Bono, MALDEF
    Michelle Brane, Women's Refugee Commission
    Steven Conry, Corrections Corp of America
    Franklin C. Jones, Customs and Border Protection
    Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media Group
    Bob Libal, Grassroots Leadership
    Karen Lucas, American Immigration Lawyers Assn
    Megan Mack, Dept of Homeland Security
    Mary Meg McCarthy, Natl Immigrant Justice Center
    Phebia Moreland, The GEO Group
    Sister Norma Pimentel, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
    Elizabeth Sohn, Dept of Health and Human Services
    David Stacy, Human Rights Campaign
    Carl Takei, ACLU Natl Prison Project.

    A final speaker list will be available before the briefing.

    Deaf or hearing-impaired persons who will attend the meeting and require the services of a sign language interpreter should contact Pam Dunston at (202) 376-8105 at least seven business days prior to the briefing.

    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issuing a federal civil rights enforcement report. For information about Commission’s reports and meetings, visit http://www.usccr.gov.

  3. AILA Lawyer Issues Formal Request for Prosecution of DHS Secretary

    by , 01-21-2015 at 11:07 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The firm of Amoachi and Johnson have issued a request to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, of the Southern District of Texas, calling for the prosecution of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano “for committing the federal crime of Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law.”

    Here is a copy of the request.

    Redacted request for criminal prosecution from amjolaw
  4. Second Circuit on INA § 212(h) Eligibility

    by , 01-08-2015 at 11:25 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Big decision out of the Second today: "We conclude that the petitioner, who was a lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) and initially entered the country lawfully without LPR status, is eligible to seek a waiver under § 212(h) because he is unambiguously not “an alien who has previously been admitted to the United States as an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence.”

    See: Husic v. Holder, decided January 8, 2015.

    Updated 01-08-2015 at 11:27 AM by MKolken

  5. Obama Admin Detains Citizen for 19 Days After Immigration Checkpoint Refusal

    by , 01-07-2015 at 06:09 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    From Reason.com:

    "You’ve probably seen them before: internal border checkpoint refusals, now a popular YouTube genre. Some are funny. Others are hostile. But for Greg Rosenberg, a naturalized U.S. citizen who speaks accented English, an encounter with South Texas border patrol resulted in weeks of jail time without a single charge being prosecuted.

    Rosenberg immigrated to America 10 years ago from Armenia. Memories and family stories of Soviet rule in his country of origin infused him with strong political beliefs and a reverence for individual rights.

    "Back then [in Soviet-controlled Armenia], if you complained about the government, they took you to Siberia," says Rosenberg.

    So perhaps it’s no surprise that Rosenberg is a checkpoint protester. As a long-haul trucker, he has to drive through these all the time. After all, there are about 170 of them scattered across the United States. And keep in mind, these checkpoints aren’t on an actual border. They just have to be within 100 miles of one. The ACLU estimates that roughly two-thirds of the nation’s population lives within this 100-mile zone.

    Rosenberg's ordeal began in the border town of Laredo, TX. He and his friend pulled onto I-35 North at around midnight on September 26 in a truck carrying a load of Xerox machines destined for Ft. Worth. But only 29 miles north of the border, they’d encounter the Laredo North Border Patrol Station. And Greg would undergo a checkpoint interrogation like he’d never experienced before.

    "They arrested me for what I looked like, but they pressed the charges because of my beliefs," says Rosenberg"

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