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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    If Matt were a New Testament scholar, he would no doubt be writing the most brilliant and exhaustive treatise ever on the life and career of John the Baptist, just as he is now doing in the immigration sphere with respect to Barack Obama's deportation record, compared to what Donald Trump promises to have in store of America.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law.


  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has been reading President Trump's executive orders. He is going to deport the noncriminal aliens who can't prove they have been here for two years in expedited removal proceedings. When the program is ready to go, noncriminal aliens will be arrested and held in mandatory detention until they can be deported, unless they can establish a credible fear of persecution, which is not likely to be as easy under the Trump Administration as it was under the Obama Administration. In the meantime, he has to do something about the immigration court backlog crises so he can deport the criminal aliens in immigration court proceedings.

    I provide a more detailed explanation of this program in an article I wrote entitled, "Noncriminal immigrants facing Trump's deportation force need legalization, not lawyers." It's in today's ILW.com daily, but if you aren't seeing this in the daily, you can find it at the following link--

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blo...d-legalization

    Nolan Rappaport
  3. MKolken's Avatar
    No John the Baptist reference Roger?
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    What comes down can go up. It will go up if Trump's mass deportation agenda, most recently contained in an 18-page draft DHS memo discussed in a recent WP story and in my own latest ilw.com comment originally posted on on the night of April 14 ever goes into effect.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Isn't there something just a little bit distorted, just slightly weird and irrational, in Secretary Kelly's comparing the "threat" from desperate people trying to escape poverty and violence in their pwn countries by seeking a better life in the US at our Southern border, with the existential threat to America and the future of humanity coming from North Korea?

    But of course, it is much easier for our president to intimidate and terrorize 11 million defenseless non-white immigrants, in the manner of tyrants, bullies and cowards the world over throughout history, than it is to stand up to a totally evil crazed lunatic with nuclear weapons and missiles.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-16-2017 at 12:54 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    In the ancient Greek drama Medea by Euripides, Medea's husband, Jason, who has just divorced her in order to marry the daughter of the local tyrant, Creon, even as Creon is deporting Medea back to her native country, along with her and Jason's two children, says to Medea (not without a certain irony):

    "Now you understand justice and the rule of law".

    (diken epistasai nomois te chresthai)

    Are these roundups and expulsions of Hispanic and other non-white immigrants the kind of

    "justice and rule of law"

    that America is learning to expect from Donald Trump?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-06-2017 at 09:10 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  7. MKolken's Avatar
    And see Dershowitz: "The statute on its face is Constitutional." http://www.mrctv.org/videos/alan-der...ity-travel-ban
  8. MKolken's Avatar
    Click on the video.
  9. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Given the overwhelming evidence of religious discrimination in the ban, this seems unreasonable.

    Did he say why he thinks the ban will be upheld? Do you have a link to his statement?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  10. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Very interesting.

    Nolan Rappaport
  11. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I would like to call Matt's attention to two good reads that he might find useful by way of background to Barack Obama's incarceration and deportation polices that Matt has written so many comments about, and which paved the way for Donald Trump:

    The first title is: John the Baptist, Prophet and Successor, by Alexander J. Burke, Jr.'

    The second is: John the Baptist and the last Gnostics, by Andrew Phillip Smith.

    I am sure that Matt with find wisdom and inspiration in reading about the career of John the Baptist next time Matt writes about how terrible Obama's immigration mass internment and expulsion activities unquestionably were.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law


    Updated 03-08-2017 at 11:01 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  12. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    There is always a silver lining, albeit a small one.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  13. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    What about Trump's promise that only "criminal aliens" would be arrested and deported? Anyone who believes that promise might just as well believe that Trump's ban against entry by citizens of seven Muslim countries is also supported by a presidential finding that the tiny perscantages of Christians and Jews living in those countries pose a danger to the United States, along with the Muslims. and that Muslims are not being targeted specifically even though they are 99 percent of the population in most or all of these countries.

    Let's keep George Orwell out of our discussion.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  14. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Are we supposed to believe this statement? Does Matt believe it?

    If the Trump administration is really planning to focus on dangerous criminals for deportation as its priority, instead of casting a much wider dragnet, why did the White House and DHS (allegedly) order ICE to cancel its scheduled meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss and answer questions about the raids?

    http://thehill.com/latino/319545-dem...ration-meeting

    Isn't the cancellation one more indication, along with his claim in the 9th Circuit Muslim ban case that his power to make "national security" decision over immigrant entry to the US is "unreviewable", that Trump intends to rule as a dictator over immigration, not as the leader of a democracy?

    Roger Algase
    Attornney at Law
  15. MKolken's Avatar
    You mean like when Obama used the NSA to spy on Americans?
  16. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    In Donald Trump's America, the Constitution-Free Zone may soon be expanded to include the area indicated in light grey on Matt's map of the US, as well as the dark brown area - in other words, the entire United States of America - as Trump expands his one-man rule to include all aspects of American law and life, beginning but not ending with immigration.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 02-13-2017 at 10:59 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  17. leveymg's Avatar
    Now for the potential hellish future by mere agency reinterpretation of procedure, without even the need to publish new regulations. Since by statute the criteria applied to determine whether an EWI who entered within the previous two years is subject to expedited removal is solely up to the discretion of DHS, the present guidelines could be changed by a nod of Mr. Trump's head. Or, whomever is determining immigration policy that day. If the whim is to "be tough," anyone who fits the statutory profile no matter where they may be located in the interior could be immediately detained and removed with no access to counsel. All without any review. I wonder if this 9th Circuit panel understood the implications of this ruling.
  18. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Some history on expedited removal proceedings.

    Such proceedings were established in 1996 by IIRIRA because aliens were showing up at a port of entry, asking for asylum, and being paroled into the country pending the scheduling of an asylum hearing before an immigration judge. The problem. They absconded. IIRRIRA greatly minimized the problem by limiting asylum hearings to aliens who have apparently genuine persecution claims.

    Nolan Rappaport
  19. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Matthew, THE EO provides authority for case-by-case waivers of the ban and the suspension of the refugee program.

    (g) Notwithstanding a suspension pursuant to subsection (c) of this section or pursuant to a Presidential proclamation described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked.

    Nolan Rappaport

    (e) Notwithstanding the temporary suspension imposed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may jointly determine to admit individuals to the United States as refugees on a case-by-case basis, in their discretion, but only so long as they determine that the admission of such individuals as refugees is in the national interest -- including when the person is a religious minority in his country of nationality facing religious persecution, when admitting the person would enable the United States to conform its conduct to a preexisting international agreement, or when the person is already in transit and denying admission would cause undue hardship -- and it would not pose a risk to the security or welfare of the United States.
  20. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Matt, do you still think that President Obama was the Devil Incarnate on Deportation, worse than whom even Plato or Parmenides would not have been able to envision in their world of forms?

    Or are you now reserving judgment on that question, at least until Trump sends in his special Sturmabteilung "Task Force" to break down doors in Buffalo and everywhere else in our Nation of Immigrants in the middle of the night and drag screaming immigrants who may have overstayed their visas by a couple of days off to his immigration detention center gulag, modeled on the one that his model of democratic rule, Vladimir Putin, is building in Russia?

    Oh, and Matt, also, do you think that prosecutorial discretion would be in such big trouble if Hillary Clinton were occupying the White House right now (as the majority of American voters in the past election cast their ballots for her to do)?

    Just asking for your thoughts out of idle curiosity.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-30-2017 at 06:09 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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