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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. Arianna Huffington: Obama's Deportation Record is a "Scandal" Ignored by Democrats

    by , 06-04-2013 at 05:06 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    It appears that the establishment on the left is finally starting to take notice of President Obama's deportation record. On Sunday Arianna Huffington appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos where she called Obama's record deportations a "scandal" that nobody is talking about:
    "More people have been deported over the Obama administration than over the whole two terms of George Bush. And we've had, for example, since 2010, 200,000 parents of American citizens being deported for minor offenses. This is a real tragedy. And if this were being done under George Bush, Democrats would have been up in arms."
    She goes on saying that there is no accountability in the White House for their own actions calling the deportation and detention system a real nightmare.
    Any of this sound familiar?
    Here is a clip from the segment.  You need to go to the 6:45 minute mark to hear her comments, and the typical response from the Obama apologist David Plouffe that DREAMers aren't being deported, which we all know isn't true.  Thankfully, Ms. Huffington called him out on it.  
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  2. Why Does is it take Immigration Reform to Protect Immigrants?

    by , 05-29-2013 at 05:16 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    I stumbled upon an article written by Laura Murphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislation Office.  Ms. Murphy provides a summary of the "highlights and lowlights" of the recent immigration reform legislation that has made its way through the Senate Judiciary Committee.
    In reading the summary it struck me that the proposed Senate immigration bill specifically includes protections against the hallmarks of the Obama administration's deportation and detention policy. Such protections include prompt bond hearings for detainees, alternatives to the for-profit privately run immigration detention system, bars to racial and ethnic profiling by federal law enforcement officials, restrictions on the use of solitary confinement, and restrictions on middle-of-the-night deportations.
    So let me ask you this... Why does it take a new law to protect immigrants from the discriminatory and abusive practices of the current administration?
    For example, right around the same time that the President was on Telemundo telling the world that "the vast majority of [people being deported] now are criminals," Bertha Alicia Avila Medrano was arrested and taken into custody while driving to a family baptism with her three young daughters in the car. The children, Jennifer (16), Rosaly (9), and Xitlaly (5) are haunted by the memory of their mother being dragged away in handcuffs.  Ms. Medrano has been detained for six months in Eloy Detention Center, which parenthetically is the same facility where two immigrant detainees in three days recently committed suicide. 

    So Mr. President, the 11 million undocumented immigrants question is why does it take comprehensive immigration reform for you to stop destroying families, and abusing immigrants with your castigatory deportation and detention policies?  
    What is your excuse this time?  
    Click here to sign the petition to bring this woman home to her family.
  3. REPORT: ICE takes 1,500 Immigrants into Custody Each Day

    by , 05-28-2013 at 06:34 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration's latest report found that ICE takes 1,500 immigrants into custody in a typical work day, and of those taken into custody roughly 1,000 are ultimately deported. Only about 1/4 (360 immigrants) of all individuals taken into custody are released by ICE, and a very small percentage (20 immigrants) are released under electronic monitoring (ankle bracelet) or placed on enhanced supervision.
    What is even more troubling is that many custody determinations are made directly by the agency that takes the individual into custody in the first place.  A much smaller percentage of custody determinations are made by an immigration judge in the context of a court proceeding.
    Click here to read the fully study.
  4. Obama fine with Denying Same Sex Spouses Immigration Benefits

    by , 05-21-2013 at 11:29 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

  5. They Were Happily Married For 16 Years. Paid Taxes. Never Had A Parking Ticket. So We Deported Him.

    by , 05-17-2013 at 05:31 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
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