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  1. The Young Turks: "Obama Plays Pathetic Political Games"

    by , 09-10-2014 at 03:23 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    This is spot on commentary:

    Updated 09-16-2014 at 09:54 AM by MKolken

  2. Erika Andiola to Cecilia Munoz: "Don't use me as an excuse to deport my mother"

    by , 09-09-2014 at 10:26 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Sept 8, 2014

    CONTACT
    Erika Andiola
    (480) 278-6843
    eandiola@drmcapitolgroup.com
    *** STATEMENT ***


    "Don't use me as an excuse to deport my mother"
    Video

    Phoenix, AZ- After Comments from Cecilia Munoz comments about her, DREAMer Erika Andiola Responds to Obama's Immigration Advisor:

    Today, Cecilia Munoz, Obama's Immigration Advisor, appeared on MSNBC with Jose Diaz Balart. She said "the situation at the border that happened over the summer has been really, really, heavily exploited by the other side of the aisle," that the "political dynamic had changed," and that enforcement priorities would be focused on people "convicted of serious crimes and people who are recent arrivals."

    Erika Andiola, Dream Action Coalition Director, issued the following statement:

    "As a Latina, it was heartbreaking to hear Cecilia Munoz use me and the fact that I have DACA as an excuse for the President to delay deportation relief. Not only is she undermining my family, especially my mom who is currently in deportation proceedings, but also 1000 people who are deported every day under her watch. Obama's delay was not intended to protect DACA, but rather, is a cynical political calculation to protect his party's political interests."

    "The political dynamics haven't changed: the House is still completely unreasonable, and we will have no relief until after 2016 if Obama doesn't step in. As I worry about my mothers potential upcoming deportation, I find it ironic that Munoz says enforcement won't be used against people like her with no criminal record who has been here for 16 years: the majority of Obama's 2 million deportees had little or no criminal record. The excuses fall flat, and the comfort is fake."

    "Instead of talking about us on TV, why doesn't Cecilia Munoz arrange a meeting with people who are directly affected by this situation and the Presisent? We are tired of being used as a talking point, and when it comes to deciding our future, they seem to talk to everyone except us. We are our own advocates and can speak for ourselves."

    "Would the President meet with us, look at us in the eye and tell us that because of our DACA he will deport our parents?"



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  3. AILA's Response to Obama's Delay of Executive Action

    by , 09-08-2014 at 10:43 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Saturday, September 6, 2014


    CONTACTS:
    George Tzamaras or Belle Woods
    202-507-7649 - 202-507-7675
    gtzamaras@aila.org - bwoods@aila.org

    Washington, DC
    - The following is a statement from Leslie Holman, President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) about President Obama's announced decision to again delay any executive action that would help immigrants, their families, and our economy:


    "Through this decision to delay, President Obama has broken yet another promise to immigrants, their families, U.S. businesses, and a community largely responsible for his even having a second term. This President, who has deported more people in 5 years than any other, who has doubled down on the jailing of women and children, who has tried to gut the protections we have for trafficked children, who has failed to curb the unjustified denial of legitimate business applications or provide promised incentives to encourage entrepreneurship, has now joined the House of Representatives in profound failure regarding our immigration system.


    "By breaking his promise to exercise his authority this summer to provide some relief from the immigration system's dysfunction, the President has bowed to political pressure to the detriment of many: the businesses that are struggling, idea-generating immigrant entrepreneurs, families waiting to be reunited, and those whose lives his deportation machine is destroying each day. All of them, all of us, were waiting for him to lead.


    "Even as he once again declines to act expeditiously, President Obama is doubling down on his aggressive deportation record by turning his back on our country's moral obligation to provide refuge for the most vulnerable people fleeing unspeakable violence, by consigning families to jails and rushing women and children through deportation with little more than an impersonation of due process. Despite the Administration's best efforts to railroad these families out of the country, volunteer attorneys have been gathering at the Artesia, New Mexico detention center-a center set up hours away from the nearest legal help-to provide pro bono assistance in battling what had previously seemed to be pre-determined fates of the women and children there. And what they are seeing are people clearly qualified for, and desperately in need of, this country's protection. Similarly, attorneys are trying to keep up with the number of unaccompanied children who are being marched before immigration judges, alone and unrepresented, to face a hurried judgment of deportation.


    "The attempt to deny protection to desperate refugees, and the delay on immigration action, make absolutely no fiscal or moral sense, and are built on questionable political assumptions. The Administration's treatment of women and children refugees is leaving a stain on our country's history that can never be lifted. The President's chain of broken promises on repairing, or at least patching, our broken immigration system is a betrayal of all who put their hopes in his leadership.


    "I'm disappointed in the President and urge him to reconsider and to move swiftly on both fronts: fix what he can of what's broken in our immigration system and do what's right by the women and children jailed and railroaded instead of protected. Our country's values require no less."

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    The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.
  4. Obama Punts on Executive Action on Deportation Relief

    by , 09-08-2014 at 08:02 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    From UnitedWeDream.org:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    September 6, 2014
    Contact: Mario Carrillo | mario@unitedwedream.org | 915.449.6463

    BREAKING: President Obama Agrees to Deport 70,000 More People, Separate Countless More Families"Dreamers are outraged and will take action. Obama’s legacy with our communities: deporter. Dreamers are outraged and will take action like never be”

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, reports announced that President Obama has once again delayed using his indisputable executive authority to provide deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants. The President is instead waiting until after the November midterm elections to make an announcement, leaving millions of mothers and fathers under the perpetual threat of deportation.

    Cristina Jimenez
    , Managing Director for United we Dream, issued the following statement,


    “The President’s latest broken promise is another slap to the face of the Latino and immigrant community. On June 30, President Obama stood in the Rose Garden and said, ‘If Congress will not do their job, at least we can do ours. I expect [Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice’s] recommendations before the end of summer and I intend to adopt those recommendations without further delay.’ Dreamers have held him accountable at every corner, but the President is more content playing politics with the lives of our families.”

    “Where we have demanded leadership and courage from both Democrats and the President, we’ve received nothing but broken promises and a lack of political backbone. To wait nine more weeks means the President has agreed to deport more than 70,000 people, more than 1,100 every day, and continues cementing his legacy as the Deporter-in-Chief.”

    “To wait nine more weeks means that I must again look my mother in the eye and see the fear she has about living under the threat of deportation every day. I must tell her that the President and the Democratic Party think that she will have to live with the threat of imminent deportation because Democratic leadership and the President are more interested in politics than in protecting immigrant families.”

    “But Dreamers will not soon forget the President and Democrats’ latest failure and their attempts to fool the Latino community, and we remain resolute in fighting for justice for our families. Dreamers across the country will escalate until the moral crisis in our community is lifted and millions of people are liberated from the fear of being torn from their families.”

    United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants.

    You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org.

    Updated 09-08-2014 at 08:12 AM by MKolken

  5. Obama Admin Sued for Violating Constitutional Rights of Mothers and Children

    by , 08-22-2014 at 01:22 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    From the American Immigration Council:

    Released on Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Washington D.C.
    — The American Immigration Council, American Civil Liberties Union National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and National Immigration Law Center today sued the federal government to challenge its policies denying a fair deportation process to mothers and children who have fled extreme violence, death threats, rape, and persecution in Central America and come to the United States seeking safety.


    The groups filed the case on behalf of mothers and children locked up at an isolated detention center in Artesia, New Mexico — hours from the nearest major metropolitan area. The complaint charges the Obama administration with enacting a new strong-arm policy to ensure rapid deportations by holding these mothers and their children to a nearly insurmountable and erroneous standard to prove their asylum claims, and by placing countless hurdles in front of them.


    "These mothers and their children have sought refuge in the United States after fleeing for their lives from threats of death and violence in their home countries," said Cecillia Wang, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project. "U.S. law guarantees them a fair opportunity to seek asylum. Yet, the government's policy violates that basic law and core American values — we do not send people who are seeking asylum back into harm's way. We should not sacrifice fairness for speed in life-or-death situations."


    According to the complaint, the Obama administration is violating long-established constitutional and statutory law by enacting policies that have:


    • Categorically prejudged asylum cases with a "detain-and-deport" policy, regardless of individual circumstances.
    • Drastically restricted communication with the outside world for the women and children held at the remote detention center, including communication with attorneys. If women got to make phone calls at all, they were cut off after three minutes when consulting with their attorneys. This makes it impossible to prepare for a hearing or get legal help.
    • Given virtually no notice to detainees of critically important interviews used to determine the outcome of asylum requests. Mothers have no time to prepare, are rushed through their interviews, are cut off by officials throughout the process, and are forced to answer traumatic questions, including detailing instances of rape, while their children are listening.
    • Led to the intimidation and coercion of the women and children by immigration officers, including being screamed at for wanting to see a lawyer.

    "Fast-tracking the deportations of women and children from immigration detention is an assault on due process. There is no way that justice can be served when so many people are being rushed through the system without any real opportunity to assert claims for relief. What we are seeing in Artesia is nothing less than a sham process that values expediency over justice," said Melissa Crow, legal director of the American Immigration Council.

    The plaintiffs include:


    • A Honduran mother who fled repeated death threats in her home country to seek asylum in the United States with her two young children. The children's father was killed by a violent gang that then sent the mother and her children continuous death threats.When she went to the police they told her that they could not do anything to help her. It is common knowledge where she lived that the police are afraid of the gang and will do nothing to stop it.
    • A mother who fled El Salvador with her two children because of threats by the gang that controls the area where they lived. The gang stalked her 12-year-old child every time he left the house and threatened kidnapping. She fears that if the family returns to El Salvador, the gang will kill her son. Some police officers are known to be corrupt and influenced by gangs. The mother says she knows of people who have been killed by gang members after reporting them to police.
    • A mother who fled El Salvador with her 10-month old son after rival gangs threatened to kill her and her baby. One gang tried to force the mother to become an informant on the activities of another gang, and when she refused, told her she had 48 hours to leave or be killed.
    • "The women and children detained in Artesia have endured brutal murders of loved ones, rapes, death threats, and similar atrocities that no mother or child ever should have to endure, and our government is herding them through the asylum process like cattle," said Trina Realmuto, an attorney at the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. "The deportation-mill in Artesia lacks even the most basic protections, like notice and the opportunity to be heard, that form the cornerstone of due process in this country."


    The lawsuit, M.S.P.C. v. Johnson, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Co-counsel in this case includes the law firms of Jenner & Block, and Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP; and the ACLU of New Mexico, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, and ACLU of the Nation's Capital.


    "Any mother will do whatever it takes to make sure her children are safe from harm's way," said Karen Tumlin, managing attorney for the National Immigration Law Center. "Our plaintiffs are no different: they have fled their homes to protect their children, only to find that the U.S. deportation system is intent upon placing them back in the dangerous situations they left. We are filing this lawsuit today to ensure that each mother is able to have her fair day in court, and that we are not sending children and their mothers back to violence or their deaths."


    The complaint, M.S.P.C. v. Johnson, and attorney declarations are available on our Artesia Resource Page.


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    For press inquiries, contact:
    Wendy Feliz, American Immigration Council, 202-507-7524, wfeliz@immcouncil.org
    Inga Sarda-Sorensen, American Civil Liberties Union, 212-549-2666, media@aclu.orgAdela de la Torre, National Immigration Law Center, 213-400-7822, delatorre@nilc.org
    Paromita Shah, National Immigration Project/NLG, 202-271-2286, paromita@nipnlg.org


    Click here
    for more information.

    Updated 08-22-2014 at 01:27 PM by MKolken

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