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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    In 279 B.C., King Pyrrhus of Epirus defeated the Romans at Ausculum, but his army suffered such heavy casualties that even now, almost 2,300 years later, we still use the phrase "Pyrrhic victory" to describe a victory that was so costly that it wasn't worth it.

    If having probably 95 per cent of the people from the six banned countries who would actually have been successful in getting visas from US Consular officers because of genuine ties to the US without the ban enter the US as exempt from the ban means that Trump was successful in getting the ban upheld by the High Court, then, it would also be fair to say that King Pyrrhus won a yuge victory over the Romans.

    I wasn't there, but I doubt that King Pyrrhus looked or felt like a winner after that particular battle.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Really, aren't you the guy who was claiming that the ban hurt 200 million muslims? Are you admitting now that in fact it only hurt the few thousand muslims who were going to come here during the 90-day period?

    Nolan Rappaport
  15. MKolken's Avatar
    Where are you getting 95%?
  16. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Matt, do you have nothing to say about the absurd, arbitrary "extreme vetting" question numbers 46.d and 47 in the new I-485 form which are so broad and vague that they could potentially give an immigration examiner an excuse to deny an AOS application for any reason that he or she (or America's 45th president) wants?

    See my June 27 ilw.com comment:

    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?9975

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 06-27-2017 at 09:07 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  17. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    In 279 B.C., King Pyrrhus of Epirus defeated the Romans at Ausculum, but his army suffered such heavy casualties that even now, almost 2,300 years later, we still use the phrase "Pyrrhic victory" to describe a victory that was so costly that it wasn't worth it.

    If having probably 95 per cent of the people from the six banned countries who would actually have been successful in getting visas from US Consular officers because of genuine ties to the US without the ban enter the US as exempt from the ban means that Trump was successful in getting the ban upheld by the High Court, then, it would also be fair to say that King Pyrrhus won a yuge victory over the Romans.

    I wasn't there, but I doubt that King Pyrrhus looked or felt like a winner after that particular battle.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 06-26-2017 at 04:08 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  18. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    In my own June 23 ilw.com comment on this decision, I quote the great 10th century Iraqi poet Al-Mutanabbi who wrote the following over 1,000 years ago:

    Wa taazumu
    fi 'ayn assaghir assagharuha

    Wa tasgharu fi 'ayn al azim al azaimu.

    A rough translation (as I am not a classical Arabic scholar) would be:

    "Small people think that their small actions are great,

    And great people think that their great actions are small."

    Which of these two types of people does Donald Trump belong to, by imposing his agenda of mass deportation and expulsion of Middle Eastern, Latino, Asian and black immigrants on America?

    True, the actual number of deportations may be starting off at a slower rate than those of Trump's predecessor, but that will be of little comfort to the threatened Iraqi Christians, whom Trump promised during his campaign to protect against persecution and possible genocide in their home country, and most of whom have only minor criminal convictions; and who have received only a two-week reprieve from Judge Goldsmith in Detroit.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law


    Updated 06-23-2017 at 08:49 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  19. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Detainers sometimes are necessary. This one certainly is.

    Why doesn't Trump stick to going after the really bad guys, as he promised during the campaign?

    Aren't there enough of those around to satisfy him?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 06-20-2017 at 11:24 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  20. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    This is welcome news. Any exception to Trump's mass deportation agenda - see my June 18 ilw.com post on this topic - should be commended.

    Hopefully, Trump might one day decide to break his promises on mass deportation for almost 11 million mainly Hispanic non-DACA recipients, and on his Muslim entry ban, which in its latest version (which Trump himself has criticized as too "watered down") affects almost 200 million people in six countries from which no terrorist attack on the US has ever been launched, purely because of their religion.

    I would not advise any readers to hold their breath waiting for this kind of policy change on the president's part.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 06-19-2017 at 08:01 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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