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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. Where Was Tom Perez When Obama Deported Kids?

    by , 04-20-2017 at 06:27 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Well... Mr. Perez was Obama’s Secretary of Labor.

    Via The Daily Beast:

    attorneys are criticizing the newly minted head of the Democratic National Committee for recent attacks on the Trump administration over a deportation, arguing he was silent on the issue during Obama’s presidency.

    Tom Perez, the new DNC chair who was Obama’s labor secretary from 2013 to 2017, ripped into Trump on April 20 over a USA Today report about the deportation of a man who reportedly should have been shielded from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. But immigration lawyers who spoke to The Daily Beast said the deportation at issue probably would have played out the same way if Barack Obama were president—and that Democratic political operatives, including Perez, were silent when DACA recipients were deported under his administration.

    What exactly was going on during the Obama Administration? And let's not engage in revisionist history:

    [Obama] acknowledged that his Administration was, in fact, arresting and deporting these young people and shockingly told a high school honors student facing deportation that if she had a problem with it, she could call her Congressman. This was an opportunity for leadership, not a time to play hot potato.

    Obama was also deporting actual United States citizens. Over 4,000 of them in 2010 alone. And don't forget about jailing children in deportation internment camps. I wonder what Mr. Perez thought of that?

    But it is comforting to know that Mr. Perez is suddenly outraged by deportations now that a Republican is in control of the deportation apparatus.

    Updated 06-02-2017 at 10:28 AM by MKolken

  2. Being Ordered Deported in Immigration Court is Less Likely Than Ever

    by , 06-15-2016 at 03:09 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC):

    (15 Jun 2016) So far in FY 2016, the odds that a noncitizen will be ordered deported by an immigration judge have fallen to a new record low of 42.4 percent. This is the lowest level since at least FY 1998, according to the latest available Immigration Court data covering the period through the end of May 2016.

    This is the second year in a row that less than half the deportation orders sought nationwide by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) were granted by the court, and represents a dramatic change from five years ago. During FY 2011, deportation was ordered 70.2 percent of the time. This fraction fell to 62.6 percent during FY 2012, to 52.9 percent in FY 2013, to 50.7 percent in FY 2014, and was down to 46.5 percent last year.

    Click here for the rest of the report.
  3. Deported teen mom who attempted suicide talks about time in family detention

    by , 06-22-2015 at 01:53 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    "In an exclusive interview, Lilian Oliva Bardales, 19, speaks out about her treatment at a Texas family detention center after she cut her wrist, was put on suicide watch and then abruptly deported." Nincy Perdomo/McClatchy

  4. Iowa's "Pastor Max" Deported

    by , 03-23-2015 at 11:12 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    It has been reported that Iowa Mennonite Pastor Max Villatoro has been deported to Honduras leaving four United States children without a father. A motion to reopen was filed on his behalf to permit him to apply for asylum, and he was deported before there was a ruling on it. I'm curious to know if an emergency motion for stay of removal was also filed, as this information hasn't been included in the reports. If anyone knows please reach out to me.
  5. Update from DREAM 30 Lawyer David Bennion

    by , 10-29-2013 at 01:42 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Unfortunately, DREAM 30 member Rocío Hernández Pérez was deported today despite desperate attempts by advocates to stop her deportation.

    DREAM 30 Lawyer David Bennion gives us the following update on the DREAM 30.

    From David Bennion:

    34 entered on Sept. 30, all were detained, one released that night on parole, 7 parents and minors paroled the next day for "significant public benefit." 1 UAC minor was later released for possible SIJS, the 25 others are the classic "dreamers" and all have gone or are going through the credible fear process. 12 were reinterviewed by the asylum office after the initial interview because, as the asylum office told me, these are high profile cases. 16 were approved by the asylum office, 9 denied. That is a 36% denial rate, far higher than the national average of 9% in FY2013, especially considering all are fluent in English and were represented by counsel, and none had negative credibility findings. 1 denial was overturned on review by the IJ, and Rocio was deported this morning after the IJ confirmed the asylum office's denial of credible fear. She's from Veracruz, where the Zetas already kidnapped her aunt and uncle.

    The other 7 denied cases are awaiting review by the IJ, but I am not optimistic. The 17 approved cases have been held nearly a week after approval, with no explanation why they haven't yet been paroled per ICE policy. Several went on hunger strike over the weekend. Yesterday, ICE took them to the hospital and requested a court order to force feed them. The doctors said there was no medical justification for that at this stage. The clear message from DHS is: don't try this again. We don't care if you were once a Dreamer, once you set foot outside the U.S., it's as though you were never here. Actually worse, b/c now you have ULP bar and presumed immigrant intent, so good luck coming back.

    I will keep you posted as new information becomes available.
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