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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The removal figures are misleading. Obama padded the figures by counting aliens caught at the border after making an entry without inspection. Removal of aliens from the interior went down during his administration.

    I am not suggesting that your comments are misleading, Matthew. They aren't. We are being mislead by the way the Obama administration collected and reported enforcement statistics.

    For more details go to this link.


    Nolan Rappaport
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Posted by mistake. I hit the post key twice accidentally.
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I'm not sure I understand. What exactly has changed? Is the only change that Trump isn't pulling people out of the backlog for removal proceedings and sending them home as a matter of prosecutorial discretion?

    Nolan Rappaport
  4. DBL07's Avatar
    Hey Matthew,
    I hear a lot about deportation of illegal Mexican, but is there any focus from Trump on Cuban or Haitian illegal immigration?
    Thanks
  5. MKolken's Avatar
    No, it doesn't surprise me.
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Matthew, this doesn't surprise you, does it? Do you think that asylum officers in the Trump Administration are going to be inclined to find credible fears as often as possible? Remember, they will be conducting these interviews in expanded expedited removal proceedings which are going to be used to move aliens out of the country as rapidly as possible without hearings before an immigration judge.

    It doesn't matter what guidance instructions they get. They are going to know what they are expected to do.

    Nolan Rappaport
  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    This is a very dangerous game. What's to prevent Trump from having them arrested and placing them in expedited removal proceedings?

    Nolan Rappaport
  8. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    None of my comments (including my admittedly over-repeated references to John the Baptist, which are not meant to offend anyone's religious views - my apologies to anyone who might have been offended) are intended to imply any lack of respect for Matt, whose activities in protecting the rights of people caught up in our deportation system are second to no one and deserves the support and praise of everyone who is interested in any way with, or involved with, immigration.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  9. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    This is indeed shocking, regardless of whether or not one is a deportation specialist. It should be shocking to all Americans and to everyone who cares about our values and about basic human rights.

    Thanks to Matt for bringing this issue to public attention.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  10. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I defer to Matt's unquestioned expertise as far as asylum law is concerned, since I practice in a different area of immigration law and have limited asylum law experience myself.

    No one has fought harder or more consistently for the rights of asylum seekers and deportation respondents than Matt has.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  11. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I am an immigration lawyer who, for many years, have concentrated my practice in a different area of immigration law (i.e. high skilled and professional work visas and green cards) and I cannot hold myself out as a deportation law expert.

    Nonetheless, I am outraged by this news item and do not believe that it is fair or right to deport this individual.

    Thanks to Matt for bringing this issue to the attention of everyone.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-13-2017 at 03:03 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  12. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I will not argue further with Matt about one of America's most biased and least trustworthy news outlets. But I would also look for confirmation from a real source before taking Fox's word for anything.

    Nor do I mean to imply that every time someone has a visa or entry problem it is due to discrimination or prejudice.

    That would be absurd. I just got a message from a client who is being held up waiting for a visa at a US embassy because the embassy allegedly hadn't updated its computer system's records.

    The client is from Eastern Europe, the same part of the world where Trump's own wife comes from.

    No racial or religious prejudice here, only the kind of incompetence in the immigration system that I have been dealing with for almost four decades as an immigration lawyer.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-13-2017 at 12:18 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  13. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I'm sympathetic too, but what relief is available for someone with his criminal record? This isn't a problem Trump created. If you want the source, look at IIIRIRA.

    Nolan Rappaport
  14. MKolken's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    This would at least appear to be a valid reason, albeit a thin one, if he has had no militia connections in the past 10 years.

    If a waiver is available by law, one would expect that due consideration would be given to granting it, since he is coming to the US to save the lives of American children, not support a militia.

    One would also like to see if this story is confirmed by a more reliable and less biased source than Fox News.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Fox derangement syndrome?

    https://www.rferl.org/a/iranian-doct.../28612992.html
  15. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    This would at least appear to be a valid reason, albeit a thin one, if he has had no militia connections in the past 10 years.

    If a waiver is available by law, one would expect that due consideration would be given to granting it, since he is coming to the US to save the lives of American children, not support a militia.

    One would also like to see if this story is confirmed by a more reliable and less biased source than Fox News.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  16. MKolken's Avatar
    Have you ever filed an asylum claim for a national of Afghanistan Roger? I suspect you have not, because if you had you would know that these girls are very much at risk.
  17. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The president was certainly right when he intervened to overturn the visa denials and allow these courageous young women to come to the US to participate in a robotics competition that even the team from Iran was granted visas to attend, even though Iran, unlike Afghanistan, is on the president's banned list?

    As you may just possibly have noticed, I am not usually among the president's strongest supporters on immigration issues (or anything else). But here, he has done something great, something truly presidential and worthy of his high office. I commend him and fully support his move.

    Newspaper reports say that the young women told the US embassy that all of their family members and contacts are in Afghanistan and they have no intention of staying in the United States. The president evidently believed them. I respect and fully concur in his judgment on this point.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-13-2017 at 03:08 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  18. MKolken's Avatar
    I didn't offer any commentary, and merely reported what was stated by a CBP spokesperson.

    But here you go Roger... since you take issue with the source: From CBS: "Malin said the Dehnavis family's detention was for "reasons unrelated" to President Trump's executive order on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries. She said the stop was based on information discovered during the agency's review. She didn't elaborate."

    And incidentally, I'm shocked that you didn't reference John the Baptist. It has become your calling card.
  19. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    For my own additional perspective on this, with links to some real news sources, not just administration propaganda mouthpieces such as Fox News, see my July 12 ilw.com comment:

    Trump May Not Be Able to Make Russia Scandal Go Away, But He Can Stop an Iranian Harvard Cancer Researcher From Entering US.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-13-2017 at 03:10 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  20. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Don't I vaguely remember writing a comment or two about how Barack Obama was the "John the Baptist" for deportations?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
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