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  1. Only One in Nine ICE Detainers Target Individuals Posing a Serious Threat to Safety

    by , 10-02-2013 at 08:10 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Syracuse University's TRAC immigration reports the following:

    Despite Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) setting new, stricter detainer guidelines last December, very recent government data reveal that six months later fewer than one in nine (10.8 percent) of the ICE detainers met the agency's stated goal of targeting individuals who pose a serious threat to public safety or national security.

    Further, only slightly more than a third (38 percent) of the individuals against whom detainers were issued had any record of a criminal conviction, including minor traffic violations. If traffic violations (including DWI) and marijuana possession violations are excluded, then only one-quarter (26 percent) of the individuals against whom detainers were issued had any conviction. See Figure 1 and compare with a similar chart showing patterns before the guidelines went into effect.

    TRAC also determined that not only are enforcement guidelines being ignored, they are actually trending in the wrong direction:
    TRAC's analysis of the new data reveals that little has changed (see Table 1). Before the new policy was issued, slightly more than half of detainers were placed on individuals convicted of some crime, however minor. Now decidedly fewer are turning up with any conviction record.

    Before the new policy was announced, 14 percent of all detainers had been placed against those convicted of committing offenses identified as ICE's highest — Level 1 — priority. After the new policy, that number had acually dropped to between 10 and 12 percent.

    Click here to read the full report.
  2. 7 of the DREAM 30 Released

    by , 10-02-2013 at 07:45 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    It has been reported that 7 of the DREAM 30 have been released from custody.

    From Colorlines:

    "Elsy Núñez, originally from Honduras, and her four-year-old daughter Valeria, who is a U.S. citizen, were released late Monday—just hours after the action in Laredo, Texas. Since then, Javier Galvan, 16, and his father Javier Calderon were released; Jessica Gallegos, 16, and her sister Ingrid Gallegos, 13, were released with their mother Victoria Reyes; and Brandow Gonzalez, 15, and his mother, were released. That leaves only one minor—Luis Lopez Rivera, 17—in Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) custody. NIYA organizer Mohammad Abdollahi says that officials have indicated Lopez Rivera will be transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement; CBP declined to comment on the case."

    I'll keep you posted as new information becomes available.
  3. Petition: Bring the DREAM 30 Home

    by , 10-01-2013 at 10:08 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    From DREAMActivist.org:

    The Petition:

    To President Obama & Peter Vincent, Office of General Counsel, Acting Director Sandweg:

    I write to ask that you allow the Dream 30 to come home, to reunite with their families here in the United States.

    These student’s stories mimic the stories of Dreamers still living here in the States. They have the same dreams, aspirations, hopes and fears. They represent the very real struggle many in our community go through, living as outsiders in what they consider home. This frustration is what forced many to leave, while others were deported.

    The Dream 30 are Americans; they’ve lived here in the United States since they were as young as 1. Most struggle to speak in their native tongue, facing discrimination in their native countries. Some have been rejected from schools, being told they are ‘foreign students,’ told they must re-do high school or other schooling in order to prove they can handle it. This all because, even in their native country, the Dream 30 are considered American.

    When we hear your administration talk about Dreamers, and what they have to provide for this country, we think of students like Marco. Marco was raised in Dallas, Texas, he grew up knowing he’d go to college and become something. At every turn came a road block and in May of 2012, just a month before DACA, Marco left for Mexico. Life in Mexico never improved for him, he wasn’t able to attend college, stuck just working, and then DACA happened and Marco saw all of his friends move forward.

    Marco’s Dreams are no different than the next person. Marco has Dreams of becoming a doctor, working with disabled children. The Dream 30 all have Dreams of giving back to their communities, here in America. I urge you to grant discretion for Marco and all of the Dream 30; Bring Them Home.

    I urge for you to open a door for talented young people like Marco. Young people who are American, who want nothing more than to be able to contribute to their communities. If allowed to return, Marco hopes to one day become a doctor working with children with disabilities. The plight and story of the Dream 30 is in line with Marco’s. I believe they should be allowed to seek the American Dream.

    Please allow for the Dream 30 to come home. #BringThemHome


    Click here to sign the petition.
  4. Investigative Report on Alleged CBP Abuses and Racial Profiling of Muslim Americans

    by , 09-25-2013 at 10:32 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Sarah Abdurrahman reports for On the Media on alleged U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) abuses at the Niagara Falls, New York Port of Entry, among others. The report alleges a pattern and practice of CBP targeting, racially profiling, harassing, dehumanizing, and torturing Muslim Americans at border crossings.

    You really need to listen and share this report.

  5. Sept 30: 30 Dreamers to Cross Border Asking Obama to ‘#BringThemHome’

    by , 09-23-2013 at 04:16 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The following media advisory was posted by the Central Ohio Immigrant Justice for immediate release:

    Thirty Dreamers will Ask Obama to ‘Bring Them Home’

    NATIONAL—The National Immigrant Youth Alliance will hold its second border protest on Monday, September 30. 30 Dreamers will participate in the action as part of the ‘#BringThemHome’ campaign.

    Last week, the president and House Republicans dashed the immigrant community’s hopes for relief this year. We are here to remind them to not give up hope; we can fight the broken immigration system ourselves.

    The Dreamers will present themselves at a port of entry, wearing caps and gowns, asking to be permitted into the United States. In July, nine Dreamers presented themselves at the Morley Gate at the port of entry in Nogales, Arizona. It took seventeen days for the Obama Administration to make the right decision and allow them to return home, during which the nine Dreamers were detained in Eloy Detention Center.

    The participants in the Sept. 30 action are hoping to return to their lives in Arizona, California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas. Not all of the participants are living in Mexico, but have come from elsewhere to participate in the action.

    The location of the protest will be released publicly later this week. Media interested in attending must contact us privately at media@theniya.org. Interviews can be arranged upon request with participants and their counsel by contacting us at media@theniya.org.
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