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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

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  1. Obama is Still Prioritizing the Deportation of Refugee Children

    by , 02-05-2016 at 09:23 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    On February 3, 2015, the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) issued a memorandum advising immigration judges to reassess the scheduling of specific types of deportation cases. This is the first time there has been a formal change of docketing priorities since the summer of 2014, when the Obama administration decided to fast track refugee children through the deportation process, preferably without a lawyer.

    This is great news right? Obama is finally prioritizing the deportation of serious criminals like he has repeatedly said he would? Wrong. Refugee children are still number one the deportation priority list.

    Here is the order:

    • Unaccompanied children that aren't in custody;
    • Mothers with their children that aren't in custody;
    • Mothers with children that are in custody;
    • And finally recent border crossers in custody.

    After immigration judges schedule all of the above for a deportation hearing they can then turn their attention to deporting serious criminal and national security risks.

    #ThanksObama
  2. Obama Admin Still Not Targeting Serious Criminals

    by , 09-01-2015 at 06:56 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    From Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration:



    "According to ICE detainer-by-detainer records released to TRAC, during April 2015 only about one third (32%) of individuals on whom detainers were placed had been convicted of a crime. And only 19 percent had a felony conviction. Fully two-thirds had no criminal conviction of any type (see Figure 2). This contrasts sharply with the announced goal that, unless an individual "poses a demonstrable risk to national security," "ICE should only seek transfer of an alien in the custody of state or local laws enforcement" when that person had been "convicted of specifically enumerated [serious] crimes." [Emphasis supplied.]

    Data for April 2015 thus provide little evidence that ICE has begun to limit detainer requests to individuals with serious convictions, let alone to persons convicted of at least some minor offense. If anything, the trend has since moved opposite what might have been expected based on the new directive. Individuals with criminal convictions have become significantly less common among detainers issued during April 2015 than they were during the FY 2012 FY 2013 period. As TRAC has reported, during that period half of detainers issued were for individuals with a criminal record, not just one third. An even smaller percentage roughly one in five had a felony conviction in either period. This seems to stand at odds to what is called for in Secretary Johnson's directives."

    TRAC also found that "fewer than one out of every five detainers seem to have met the 'special circumstances' set out under Secretary Johnson's directive; this is virtually unchanged from what was observed for the period from FY 2012 through the first four months of FY 2013."

    In sum, and as I predicted, the Obama administration's "deportation priorities" aren't worth the paper they are written on.
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