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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

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  1. ICE Allegedly Instituting Deportations at Hospitals in Texas

    by , 07-13-2017 at 03:20 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Immigration lawyer Scott Hicks has reported a disturbing development out of Texas. He advises that clergy from the Mennonite Central Committee in Texas are reporting that on multiple occasions Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is ignoring an October 24, 2011 "Enforcement Actions at or Focused on Sensitive Locations" memo, and are now instituting removal proceedings in hospitals. The memo was issued by former ICE Director John Morton and sets forth ICE's policy regarding enforcement actions by ICE officers and agents at or focused on sensitive locations.

    One of the reported "three or four" cases involved undocumented parents from Brownsville who had children transferred to Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. ICE agents allegedly intercepted the parents in between registration and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), also known as an intensive care nursery (ICN), that specializes in the care of ill or premature newborn infants. It has been reported that in each instance ICE did not arrest the parents, but issued a Notice to Appear in immigration court for removal proceedings. These reports if true shock the conscience.

    The sensitive location policy was designed to ensure that immigration enforcement actions do not occur at nor are focused on sensitive locations such as schools and hospitals unless exigent circumstances exist, or other law enforcement actions have led officers to a sensitive location. The enforcement actions covered by the policy include arrests, interviews, searches, and for purposes of immigration enforcement only surveillance.

    The sensitive locations covered include, but are not limited to:

    • Schools (including pre-schools, primary schools, secondary schools, post-secondary schools up to and including colleges and universities, and other institutions of learning such as vocational or trade schools);
    • Hospitals;
    • Churches, synagogues, mosques or other institutions of worship, such as buildings rented for the purpose of religious services;
    • The site of a funeral, wedding, or other public religious ceremony; and
    • A site during the occurrence of a public demonstration, such as a march, rally or parade.

    What is most troubling is that any planned enforcement action at or focused on a sensitive location generally must have prior approval by the Assistant Director of Operations, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Executive Associate Director (EAD) of HSI, the Assistant Director for Field Operations, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), or the EAD of ERO. This includes planned enforcement actions at or focused on a sensitive location that is part of a joint case led by another law enforcement agency.

    So the question becomes, is this the work of rogue agents or has authorization been issued all the way from Washington? I will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
  2. Former Priest Charged with Sex Abuse Faces Deportation

    by , 07-13-2017 at 12:31 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the Chicago Tribune:



    Alfredo Pedraza Arias, the former Aurora priest charged with fondling two young girls, has been detained by immigration officials and faces deportation to his native Colombia, court records show.

    Click here for more.
  3. Iraqi Refugee Who Helped US Military Prepares For Deportation

    by , 07-13-2017 at 12:12 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via KUNM.org:

    Life didnít really begin for Kadhim Albumohammed until he left the refugee camp heíd been in for three years, he said, and got to the United States in the mid í90s. "I got freedom, really freedom, Iím happy with this," he said. "I say Iím born now. Iím born not in 1953. Iím born in 1994."


    Then in 2010, an immigration court judge gave him a final order of deportation. But Iraq wasnít taking people back. So Albumohammed was allowed to stay in the U.S. as long as he checked in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This year, Iraq agreed to take deportees in order to avoid being included in the latest version of President Trumpís travel ban.

    Albumohammed has two
    [convictions] for misdemeanor domestic violence offenses. He got them more than 20 years ago and says he hasnít been in any trouble since.

    Click here for the rest of the story.
  4. Community Rallies Around North Carolina Pastor Seeking Sanctuary from Deportation

    by , 07-13-2017 at 12:04 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    My friend Helen Parsonage is handling the case. He is in good hands.

    Via NBC News:

    Chicas was detained upon crossing the border in Texas in 1985 and was released on bail, but he never went before the judge assigned to his case; Chicas attributed his absence in court to faulty legal advice. Because of this he received a deportation order for crossing the border illegally.

    According to his current attorney Helen Parsonage, Chicas applied for asylum shortly after his arrival and was granted a social security number, yearly work permits and has paid taxes all along.


    He subsequently moved to North Carolina where he raised his family. In recent years, Chicas had been placed on an order of supervision and was reporting to immigration yearly and still had a valid work permit.

    Chicas and his family say his story is about a man who has turned his life around. He was previously arrested for DUI more than 25 years ago, and faced domestic abuse charges in 1998 involving his current wife.


    Chicas said these are reasons for which he is now considered a priority for removal under the Trump administrationís new guidelines
    .

    Click here for more of the story.
  5. Another Veteran Facing Deportation

    by , 07-13-2017 at 11:53 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via The Chicago Tribune:

    An appeal to halt the deportation of a decorated Army veteran to his native Mexico has been denied, according to a letter delivered to him and his lawyer Tuesday.


    An order for removal has been issued for Miguel Perez Jr., a veteran with a green card who served time in a state prison for a felony drug conviction after two tours in Afghanistan. Perez, 39, had requested relief under the United Nations Convention Against Torture, an agreement by the U.S. not to deport people who are not American citizens or nationals to another country where they could be tortured.

    His attorney Chris Bergin said he will file for a stay of removal Wednesday. He has 30 days to appeal.

    Click here for more.
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