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  1. Obama Administration Ceases Violation of Rights at Denver Immigration Court

    by , 04-24-2014 at 08:37 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    April 23, 2014

    Contact: Bryon M. Large, Chapter Chair Jeff Joseph, Lead Counsel
    (303) 883-6686 (720) 273-4647

    Government Ceases Abusive and Intimidating Violation of Rights by Security at the Denver Immigration Court Following Lawsuit Filed by AILA Colorado

    DENVER, CO – Attorneys with the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association filed a federal lawsuit on April 16 requesting a temporary restraining order to stop abusive and intimidating practices against immigrants attempting to access the Denver Immigration Court to attend their court-mandated hearings. Late yesterday, the government stipulated to ending these practices and creating a much more reasonable procedure. The Court is housed in an otherwise public federal building.

    Citing Operation Shield, a federal law enforcement program designed to demonstrate the federal government’s visibility and ability to react to a national security crisis, Department of Homeland Security officials restricted access to the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building, allowing people to enter the public areas of the federal building only after demonstrating a valid U.S. identification or being detained while processing a background investigation. As immigrants in deportation proceedings, many do not have U.S. identification and were unlawfully detained pending investigations. The lawsuit requested that a federal judge intervene and issue an injunction to immediately stop these abusive practices. As a result of the suit, the government has agreed to cease this behavior.

    “This is a victory for everyone’s civil liberties! It was a shameful practice for federal officers to intimidate anyone, including immigrants, trying to attend court hearings or conduct business in a publicly accessible building. Access to the government and court system is a fundamental right in this country,” said Bryon M. Large, Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Colorado Chapter.

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    AILA Colorado is the local chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, an association of over 12,000 private attorneys and law professors,
    working to advance the practice of immigration law. The AILA Colorado Chapter meets regularly and is comprised of over 250 attorneys and law professors in the State of Colorado.
  2. Immigration Courts Impacted by Server Crash

    by , 04-23-2014 at 12:03 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    As of April 12, 2014, five servers crashed crippling the entire network of computers used by the Nation's immigration courts. This has cut off access to electronic records, and has shut down the toll-free number that enables immigrants to check the status of their case.

    I received a report today that some detained cases have already had to be rescheduled due to the hardware failure. The concern is that individuals will be forced to languish in custody depriving them of their right to due process. EOIR spokeswoman Lauren Alder Reid addressed this concern stating that "EOIR is not making any decisions regarding the release of detainees outside of normal court processes.”

    I was in Court this morning at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, New York. The immigration judge I appeared before was able to conduct my hearing, and offered me a trial date within one week.

    I'll let you know more as information becomes available.

    Click here for the original source of this story.

    Updated 04-23-2014 at 12:10 PM by MKolken

  3. Immigration Lawyers Sue Obama Admin for Blocking Access to Court

    by , 04-17-2014 at 08:39 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Yesterday, April 16, 2014, the Obama administration's Federal Protective Service blocked immigration lawyers and their clients from entering the Denver Immigration Court unless they presented government-issued ID and were willing to submit to a National Crime Information Center background check.

    Immigration lawyer David Kolko, his client Luis Alberto Rojas Gomez, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Colorado Chapter filed suit seeking an emergency temporary restraining order arguing that the detention pending the background check violated the 4th Amendment, and the 14th and 5th Amendment against unwarranted intrusions on privacy.

    Click here to read the entire Petition.

  4. ALL Individuals at Denver Immigration Court Subject to Federal Background Check TODAY

    by , 04-16-2014 at 09:28 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Police State comes to the Denver Immigration Court TODAY, April 16, 2014. Federal Protective Services (FPS) will subject EVERY individual entering the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building at 1961 Stout Street to a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) background check. This includes attorneys, Respondents, witnesses, EVERYONE entering the Court building.

    This is all part of "Operation Shield" euphemistically described as "a comprehensive operation that combines physical security expertise and law enforcement authority into an enhanced security team to provide a visual deterrent at FPS-protected facilities." The "goal" of Operation Shield is to demonstrate the "preparedness and agility of FPS’ response to the current threat environment within federal community" by reducing "social and physical disorder" that will "enhance the quality of life for employees, visitors, and community members."

    Click here
    to find out more about how the Federal Government is "enhancing your quality of life" by doing a comprehensive background check on you for the singular reason that you walked into a Federal office building.

    Updated 04-16-2014 at 12:27 PM by MKolken

  5. Congressional Women Leaders Visit “Women’s Fast for Families”

    by , 04-09-2014 at 07:49 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    I received the following press release from the office of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Chair of the Congressional Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform.

    April 8, 2014
    CONTACT: Matt Lee
    (202) 225-1766

    Congressional Women Leaders Visit “Women’s Fast for Families”

    Call for House Vote on Bipartisan Immigration Reform Legislation

    Washington, DC – Today, women leaders in Congress visited the “Women’s Fast for Families” on the National Mall and met with the more than 100 courageous women who are fasting for 48 hours to protest the Republican Leadership’s failure to bring HR 15, a bipartisan immigration reform bill, to the House floor for a vote. This event is the culmination of a month of fasts and other activities held across the country to highlight the impact of our broken immigration system on women and emphasize the urgent need for reform.

    “I’m proud to support the brave women who are fasting on the National Mall to bring attention to the pain and suffering caused by our broken immigration system,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard(CA-40), Chair of the Congressional Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform. “The sacrifices made by these women to come to Washington D.C. speak to the fear they experience everyday of being permanently separated from their children and families. All they are asking is for the Republican Leadership to allow a simple up-or-down vote on immigration reform. Let’s give these courageous women the opportunity to realize the American Dream.”

    “We thank all these great women as they unite here in DC to continue to bring attention to immigrant women suffering due to the Republican Congress’ failure to bring a comprehensive reform bill to the floor for a vote,” said Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-32). All women must unite in the quest for our true American values to be adhered to, ensuring equality and respect for immigrant women and their families.”

    “Being a representative of a district with such a great diversity, with constituents from near and far, I will stand with the more than 100 women fasting for a vote on bipartisan immigration reform,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18). “These courageous people, people that have sought opportunity in this great country and those that have strived to make a better life for their families through immense sacrifice deserve justice – they deserve comprehensive reform now.

    “We cannot ignore the women who are fasting to bring a human face to the problems with our broken immigration system,” said Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27). “They show us the suffering of countless families splintered by our failing system. Nearly 70 percent of all women immigrants who have legal status came here through the family immigration system, and right now they face a 4.3 million-person backlog. This burden falls disproportionately on women and children, and fails our ideals as a nation. It’s time to put an end to this national disgrace and bring immigration reform to the finish line.”

    “I’m proud to join these courageous women in fasting to draw attention to the overwhelming need for comprehensive immigration reform in this country,” said Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01). “I was honored to meet with these women this morning, who are fighting to keep their families together and ensure fair treatment of all immigrants. The time to act is now and to have an up-or-down vote in Congress.”

    “I’m here today to join these women in saying enough is enough - the American people demand a vote on comprehensive immigration reform,” said Rep. Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Homeland Security Committee Border Subcommittee. “It’s been almost a year since the Senate passed a bipartisan package and too many families are being torn apart or living in fear waiting for the House Republicans to take action now.”

    "The women fasting here today do so in the long tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. who put the cause of justice ahead of their own needs,” said Rep. Dina Titus (NV-01). “It is time for Congress to follow their example and act to pass comprehensive immigration reform immediately. In Southern Nevada, so many immigrant women work in back-of-the-house jobs and in the informal economy, cleaning and caring for children. This work has been neglected and devalued for too long. The millions of immigrant families across the country, including the 200,000 undocumented immigrants in Nevada, cannot wait any longer."

    “I stand in solidarity with the women who are fasting in Washington, and I join them in demanding a vote on comprehensive immigration reform,” said U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (NY-6). “I applaud the sacrifice they’re making in order to keep the light shined on the need to overhaul our nation’s immigration laws. It is well past time to fix our broken immigration system that has hurt too many people for far too long including women, children and families. The time for comprehensive immigration reform must be now.”
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