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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Muslim admissions may be way down, but hate crimes against Muslims are reportedly way up under Dear Donald's Leadership.

    Roger Algase
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Barack Obama was president for almost the entire first four months of FY 2017, which began on October 1, 2016. This report, unless I am missing something, does not seem to have a month to month breakdown in these prosecutions.

    Therefore, based on the report, there is no way of knowing exactly how much of the decrease in prosecutions over previous years was due to prosecutions initiated under President Obama, and how much was due to prosecutions initiated after Donald Trump took office.

    If month to month prosecution statistics are available for that fiscal year, it might be useful to see them.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-08-2017 at 01:27 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The Supreme Court majority, evidently, decided to ignore Trump's inexcusable action in retweeting some Muslim-hating videos which an openly Islamophobic activist had posted in the UK. Even if one disregards Trump's campaign statements against all Muslims such as "Islam hates us", as the DOJ has been urging the federal courts to do, this latest example shows, beyond any possible doubt, what Trump's real reason for his Muslim ban orders has been all along, and that the alleged "national security" justification for these orders has never been anything more than an elaborate sham.

    The problem that Trump's defenders in the White House and his administration have been having is that as soon as they concoct some explanation or other for his conduct on issue after issue, Trump tweets out the truth about his real motives.

    The same thing has happened with Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who, not coincidentally, also happens to have a record of Islamophobic statements, and who has now just pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

    As pointed out in one of my recent comments, Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe has stated that Trump's latest tweet about Flynn is clear evidence of obstruction of justice by the president.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 12-11-2017 at 02:34 PM by MKolken
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Director Homan says, "This tragedy could have been prevented if San Francisco had simply turned the alien over to ICE." Really, wasn't this man deported several times before this incident occurred?

    If he had been turned over to ICE instead of being released, this tragedy would have been avoided, but does anyone believe that he wouldn't have returned to the US after this deportation too? Or that he will not be back if he is turned over to ICE now to be deported?

    You won't reduce the occurrence of crime committed by aliens who are here in violation of law just by getting local police to cooperate with detainers.

    You also have to make interior enforcement effective and secure the border.

    Nolan Rappaport
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Did Kelly do the same angry arm twisting with Elaine Duke this time that he did when he berated her for postponing a decision about expulsion of 86,000 Hondurans who also, along with the Haitians, don't fit in with the "Western" (i.e. white) "ancestry", "traditions" and "civilization" requirement which Trump outlined in his July 6 Warsaw speech as a condition for "protecting our borders".

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 11-21-2017 at 06:16 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I suspect that this is not an immigration issue at all. My guess is that it is about money. Medical expenses are a major problem now, and the Administration can save money by stopping undocumented aliens from coming here for free medical care.

    Like it or not, they have no legitimate claim for medical care in this country.

    Didn't Rosa's parents bring her here to get free medical treatment that wasn't available in their country. I read that somewhere. In any case, she needs medical care now.

    Anyone know anything about that issue?

    Nolan Rappaport

  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    What names is ICE using for its detention centers? Are "Dachau" and "Buechenwald" included?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  8. MKolken's Avatar
    Arrests of noncriminals this year are much, much lower than the peak enforcement years of the Obama administration.

    ICE Arrests Plummet under Trump Administration
  9. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    What are the comparative figures on immigration arrests and detention? Aren't those up under Trump compared to Obama?

    The Washington Post article in the above link says that immigration arrests are up 43 percent under Trump.

    And is the decrease in deportations due to lower enforcement in general, or is it because of greater Immigration Court backlogs due to a higher number of cases?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 10-04-2017 at 06:29 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  10. 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
  11. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Posted by mistake. I hit the post key twice accidentally.
  12. 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
  13. 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?
  14. MKolken's Avatar
    No, it doesn't surprise me.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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 04:03 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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