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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

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  1. Goodlatte Hints GOP may be open to Provisional Legalization and Path to Citizenship

    by , 01-13-2014 at 11:14 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    It has been reported that House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R - VA) has "hinted" that the GOP may be open to provisional legalization that stops deportations and also affords an opportunity for newly documented immigrants to apply for a"Green Card" and ultimately citizenship through existing legal channels. What this means is that under this compromise if an individual becomes documented, and is married to a United States citizen they can immediately apply for their Green Card, and three years from receiving it apply for citizenship.

    In sum, it is an immigration holding pattern that stops the destruction of families through deportation, and that allows people to work and travel while they wait in line for a Green Card just like everyone else.

    Now that is an immigration compromise that makes sense!
  2. Rep. Gutierrez: Obama Has 'Responsibility' to Reduce Deportations

    by , 01-10-2014 at 12:00 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    In an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D - Ill.) has stated that President Obama has a “responsibility” to reduce the number of deportations.

    He stated that “Democrats think all they need to do is to simply blame Republicans. You know what? We control the White House and we control the deportation apparatus, we have a responsibility to act.” Congressman Gutierrez also stated that the President can do more to put an end to the destruction of thousand of families in this country.

    Thank you Congressman Gutierrez for your continued fight on behalf of United States citizens that are in danger of losing their relatives to a draconian and outdated immigration law.

    Updated 01-10-2014 at 02:27 PM by MKolken

  3. An Immigration Reform Compromise that Makes Sense

    by , 01-09-2014 at 11:06 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    It has just been reported that House Speaker John Boehner is drafting GOP principles on immigration reform legislation, and that he will soon release them in an effort to push his members to vote for it. Nearly everyone sees this as a positive sign that reform may actually happen in 2014.

    So the question becomes, what will immigration reform look like in the hands of the GOP? The major sticking point has been whether reform should include a separate and distinct pathway to citizenship for individuals that are undocumented. The people most effected by this issue see through the politics. Some now acknowledge that the GOP isn't solely to blame realizing many Democrats are using a "pathway to citizenship" as a wedge issue to win elections. In sum, politicians playing politics rather than solving problems.

    A recent poll reveals that Hispanics and Asian Americans see deportation relief as more important than a pathway to citizenship. Congressman Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., agrees stating that: "...citizenship is important, but I don't think it is a big deal breaker either," "Right now we have to stop the deportations that are breaking up families. And if we do not get citizenship this year, we will be back next year and the year after that." Given these revelations, it is clear that there is room for compromise.

    Moreover, from what I have seen a reboot on immigration reform isn't necessarily a bad thing as the pathway to citizenship in the Senate Bill is illusory at best. It has been estimated that under the Senate Bill many/most of the undocumented population will never achieve "Green Card" status let alone full citizenship. Most importantly, a large percentage would face deportation again should they fail to meet the strict requirements of registered provisional immigrant status.

    As I have previously written, there is a much more practical way to achieve both an end to deportations for the deserving, as well as provide a pathway to citizenship for immediate relatives of United States citizens and other immigrants that have visas available to them through family members and offers of employment. A way that won't require undocumented immigrants to endure the Bataan Death March of immigration reform as set forth in S.744.

    The solution would immediately provide legal status to the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. A solution that creates a temporary renewable status that brings people out of the shadows, protects them from deportation, and also provides employment and travel authorization so that people can lead normal lives. The new status could be renewed indefinitely in the absence of disqualifying criminal grounds of removal, and would require a one-time payment of a penalty fee, and a substantially lower filing fee for renewals, which would be required every ten years.

    Although there would be no independent pathway to citizenship baked in, you would not be precluded from obtaining a Green Card and ultimately citizenship through the normal channels. This solution would allow undocumented immediate relatives of United States citizens to apply for a Green Card the moment they receive their new status. Spouses of United States citizens would be eligible to apply for citizenship three years after they get their Green Card.

    It is a real path to citizenship.

    For this solution to work properly we need more immigrant visa numbers as well as a robust skilled and guest worker program to afford future immigrants an opportunity to come to this country legally. I have already articulated this solution to several GOP members of Congress.

    Let's just hope they were listening.
  4. ICE Admits to Detaining 13 Pregnant Women

    by , 01-07-2014 at 08:55 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The National Immigrant Youth Alliance's (NIYA) infiltration of the El Paso detention center has resulted in both the discovery, and the Obama administration's confession that ICE has locked up 13 pregnant women in immigration detention between August and November of 2013. Because of a lack of transparency there is no way of knowing how many pregnant women are currently being held in ICE custody nationwide despite the administration's policy against it.

    Click here for more information.

    Updated 01-08-2014 at 02:18 PM by MKolken

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  5. Erika Andiola: "Why I'm Fighting to Stop Deportations Outside of Congress"

    by , 12-28-2013 at 08:53 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Erika Andiola, Co-Director of the DRM Action Coalition, recently left her job in Congress to help stop her mother's deportation. She has now penned an article explaining her motivations. From the article: "After seeing my mother in handcuffs, I realized that I was perhaps wrong about the President I encouraged my community to support. I realized that the words President Obama said as a keynote speaker at my Arizona State University graduation in 2009 were empty words."

    She has since moved on to her "Clean Obama's Mess" stage.

    We wish you luck Erika!

    Click here to read the full article.

    Updated 12-28-2013 at 11:19 AM by MKolken

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