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  1. 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

  2. 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.
  3. 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

  4. 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)


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Sept 8, 2014

    CONTACT
    Erika Andiola
    (480) 278-6843
    eandiola@drmcapitolgroup.com
    *** STATEMENT ***


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

    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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  5. AILA's Response to Obama's Delay of Executive Action

    by , 09-08-2014 at 10:43 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Saturday, September 6, 2014


    CONTACTS:
    George Tzamaras or Belle Woods
    202-507-7649 - 202-507-7675
    gtzamaras@aila.org - bwoods@aila.org

    Washington, DC
    - The following is a statement from Leslie Holman, President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) about President Obama's announced decision to again delay any executive action that would help immigrants, their families, and our economy:


    "Through this decision to delay, President Obama has broken yet another promise to immigrants, their families, U.S. businesses, and a community largely responsible for his even having a second term. This President, who has deported more people in 5 years than any other, who has doubled down on the jailing of women and children, who has tried to gut the protections we have for trafficked children, who has failed to curb the unjustified denial of legitimate business applications or provide promised incentives to encourage entrepreneurship, has now joined the House of Representatives in profound failure regarding our immigration system.


    "By breaking his promise to exercise his authority this summer to provide some relief from the immigration system's dysfunction, the President has bowed to political pressure to the detriment of many: the businesses that are struggling, idea-generating immigrant entrepreneurs, families waiting to be reunited, and those whose lives his deportation machine is destroying each day. All of them, all of us, were waiting for him to lead.


    "Even as he once again declines to act expeditiously, President Obama is doubling down on his aggressive deportation record by turning his back on our country's moral obligation to provide refuge for the most vulnerable people fleeing unspeakable violence, by consigning families to jails and rushing women and children through deportation with little more than an impersonation of due process. Despite the Administration's best efforts to railroad these families out of the country, volunteer attorneys have been gathering at the Artesia, New Mexico detention center-a center set up hours away from the nearest legal help-to provide pro bono assistance in battling what had previously seemed to be pre-determined fates of the women and children there. And what they are seeing are people clearly qualified for, and desperately in need of, this country's protection. Similarly, attorneys are trying to keep up with the number of unaccompanied children who are being marched before immigration judges, alone and unrepresented, to face a hurried judgment of deportation.


    "The attempt to deny protection to desperate refugees, and the delay on immigration action, make absolutely no fiscal or moral sense, and are built on questionable political assumptions. The Administration's treatment of women and children refugees is leaving a stain on our country's history that can never be lifted. The President's chain of broken promises on repairing, or at least patching, our broken immigration system is a betrayal of all who put their hopes in his leadership.


    "I'm disappointed in the President and urge him to reconsider and to move swiftly on both fronts: fix what he can of what's broken in our immigration system and do what's right by the women and children jailed and railroaded instead of protected. Our country's values require no less."

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    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.
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