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  1. Immigration Judge Gossart on the need for Immigration reform

    by , 02-26-2014 at 10:09 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Immigration Judge John Gossart Jr. just wrote a blog on setting forth a compelling argument for immigration reform. Judge Gossart sits on the U.S. Immigration Court in Baltimore.

    He writes:

    In my thirty-one years as a United States immigration judge, I have never had as many people come through my courtroom as I have over the last six years. During this time, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of non-citizens that the United States detains and deports, and the detained number of individuals appearing in immigration courts today is unprecedented. The [Obama] administration has indisputably increased immigration enforcement in communities across the country, partnering with local law enforcement to pursue an aggressive deportation program that has resulted in nearly 2 million deportations in the last six years.

    No sugarcoating there.

    Judge Gossart spells out the problem explaining that the current immigration law signed by President Clinton in many instances strips immigration judges of discretionary authority to consider the facts of each case that would allow them to stop deportations for deserving individuals. This coupled with President Obama's unprecedented enforcement has resulted in 2 million deportations and a backlog of 360,000+ pending cases that has ballooned average completion times to 573 days.

    In sum, the law signed by the last Democrat in the White House is being used by the current Democrat in the White House to destroy more families with deportation than at any time in history.

    With friends like these...

    Click here to read the full article. It is very much worth your time.

    Updated 02-26-2014 at 10:13 AM by MKolken

  2. Erika Andiola, Dreamer & Immigration Activist, Arrested on Hunger Strike

    by , 02-26-2014 at 05:20 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    February 26, 2014

    PHOENIX, AZ - Erika Andiola, an undocumented youth and national immigration activist, has been arrested after she refused to move when Phoenix Police sought to disband families who were in a hunger strike. The families have been fasting for over a week were on a hunger strike to call on immigration authorities to release their loved ones.

    More than 1,100 people are deported every day, and President Obama nears a grim two million deportations. About 41 percent of those deported were parents and workers with no prior criminal record. This unabated and arbitrary enforcement is creating a crisis of family separation, with millions of American citizens in mixed-status families being affected. Dreamers, like Erika Andiola, are fighting back and now risking arrest.

    Follow DREAM Action Coalition @DRMAction

    Contact: Jose Patino
    (480) 287-2140

    Updated 02-26-2014 at 08:48 AM by MKolken

  3. BREAKING: Supporters have locked themselves together at Northwest Detention Center

    by , 02-24-2014 at 09:46 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    A dozen undocumented Washington State residents and supporters have locked themselves together just moments ago at the entrance of the Northwest Detention Center as part of the national campaign demanding that the President stop deportations and expand deferred action for all.

    Watch the live feed below:

    Live streaming video by Ustream
  4. ICE Director Resigns after Five Months

    by , 02-17-2014 at 07:56 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    It is has been reported that acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Sandweg has resigned after five months at the post. His appointment was controversial because he literally had zero law enforcement experience, and in a previous life was a fundraiser for now also departed DHS Secretary Napolitano. His claim to fame was his involvement in DHS obstruction of Freedom of Information Act requests relating to agency spending of funds allocated in the 2009 stimulus. Sounds like a perfect fit for the most transparent administration ever.

    Click here for the original story.
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  5. ICE Success in Obtaining Deportation Orders Drops to 50%

    by , 02-14-2014 at 09:04 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration has released a report that shows that Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) success rate in obtaining deportation orders before an Immigration Judges has dropped to 50 percent, which is the lowest rate in 20 years. Last year only half of the 42,816 proceedings resulted in the issuance of an order of removal. Deportation success rates typically fluctuate between 70-80 percent.

    From the report:

    Five years ago deportation orders were issued for 3 out of every 4 cases (76.2%) to reach the Immigration Courts. During FY 2011 that rate had fallen to 70.2 percent; by FY 2012 it had slipped to fewer than 2 out of 3 (62.6%). Last year court records indicated a 52.9 percent success rate, and during the first four months of the current fiscal year 2014 (October 2013 - January 2014) it was down to only 50.3 percent.

    TRAC found little evidence that the administration is favorably exercising prosecutorial discretion prior to the institution of removal proceedings, and that the Obama administration's deportation machine is still moving full steam ahead, only with less effectiveness.

    Click here to read the full report.

    Updated 02-17-2014 at 11:37 AM by MKolken

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