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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. Congressional Bed Mandate Requires 34,000 Immigrants to be Held Each Day

    by , 11-19-2013 at 08:04 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    NPR News reports that a Congressional bed mandate requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement to fill 34,000 beds in 250 immigration detention facilities across the country, each day. It costs taxpayers at least $120.00 per detainee per day, for a total yearly cost of $2 billion.

    Click here for the full report.

    Updated 11-19-2013 at 08:10 AM by MKolken

  2. Another DREAM 30 Update from David Bennion

    by , 11-18-2013 at 02:33 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    From Mr. Bennion's Facebook page:

    "I just got word from the Houston Asylum Office that Alfredo's request for reconsideration of his negative credible fear determination was denied. Since ICE has already denied his requests for a stay and parole, he will likely be deported soon in the absence of intervention by legislators like Rep. Gutierrez or Senators Menendez or Durbin, which I have no reason to believe is forthcoming."

    Let's hope for a miracle.

    Updated 11-18-2013 at 02:36 PM by MKolken

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  3. Three more of the DREAM 30 Released, One Still Remains in Custody

    by , 11-16-2013 at 01:57 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Immigration lawyer David Bennion reports that three more of the DREAM 30, Jonathan, Erika, and Nallely, were just released from ICE custody. Only one, Alfredo, is still detained.
  4. DREAM 30 Update from Immigration Lawyer David Bennion

    by , 11-13-2013 at 01:55 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    From David Bennion's Facebook page:

    ICE has denied parole for Erika and Nallely despite their approval for credible fear 20 and 9 days ago, respectively. This is directly contrary to ICE's policy directive of December 8, 2009, and inconsistent with established ICE practice for parole of individuals found to have a credible fear of persecution. ICE wants to push Erika and Nallely through expedited removal proceedings under difficult circumstances--I am representing them pro bono from the other side of the country--in order to deport them as soon as possible. ICE believes they can get away with this because the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has abandoned Erika, Nallely, and the rest of the Dream 30. If they are deported, it will be on the shoulders of Reps. Gutierrez and Hinojosa and the other members of Congress who stood by and watched it happen. This is a clear abuse of discretion of the kind that is unfortunately all too common under the Obama administration.

    Updated 11-13-2013 at 03:15 PM by MKolken

  5. 3 More of the DREAM 30 Have Been Deported

    by , 11-13-2013 at 08:11 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Huffington Post reports that DREAM 30 members Edgar Torres, Karen Hernandez and César Ortiz were removed to Mexico over the weekend. This brings the total number up to five, with four remaining in custody.

    I'm contacting immigration lawyer David Bennion and will post an update as soon as possible.
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