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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

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  1. Trump Admin Considering Separating Refugee Children from their Mothers at the Border

    by , 03-07-2017 at 08:36 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)


    President Obama spent the last two years of his Presidency jailing refugee mothers and children in deportation internment camps. It appears President Trump is willing to go one step further by tearing refugee children from their mother's arms at the border. This is simply unconscionable.

    Remember when Trump said that Christian refugees would be given special consideration and prioritized? Trump said "If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair -- everybody was persecuted, in all fairness -- but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them."

    Well, President Trump, these Central American refugees are Christian, and they need our help. And if you think this new policy will serve as a deterrent think again. These mothers are fleeing Central America to save the lives of their children, not for jobs, and if this new policy is enacted you are creating little more than a Sophie's choice.

    We must do better.

    From The Daily Beast:

    Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly confirmed today that he is considering separating the children of undocumented immigrants from their parents if they are apprehended while illegally crossing the border.

    “Yes, I am considering, in order to deter more movement along this terribly dangerous network, I am considering exactly that,” Kelly told CNN host Wolf Blitzer.
    “They will be well cared for as we deal with their parents.”


    Kelly said he thought the change might deter mothers and children from making the dangerous journey from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to the United States.


    Click here for the entire article, with a quote from yours truly.

    Updated 03-08-2017 at 05:10 AM by MKolken

  2. Obama is Still Prioritizing the Deportation of Refugee Children

    by , 02-05-2016 at 08:23 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
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