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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. Iraqi Refugee Who Helped US Military Prepares For Deportation

    by , 07-13-2017 at 12:12 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    Life didnít really begin for Kadhim Albumohammed until he left the refugee camp heíd been in for three years, he said, and got to the United States in the mid í90s. "I got freedom, really freedom, Iím happy with this," he said. "I say Iím born now. Iím born not in 1953. Iím born in 1994."

    Then in 2010, an immigration court judge gave him a final order of deportation. But Iraq wasnít taking people back. So Albumohammed was allowed to stay in the U.S. as long as he checked in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This year, Iraq agreed to take deportees in order to avoid being included in the latest version of President Trumpís travel ban.

    Albumohammed has two
    [convictions] for misdemeanor domestic violence offenses. He got them more than 20 years ago and says he hasnít been in any trouble since.

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  2. Community Rallies Around North Carolina Pastor Seeking Sanctuary from Deportation

    by , 07-13-2017 at 12:04 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    My friend Helen Parsonage is handling the case. He is in good hands.

    Via NBC News:

    Chicas was detained upon crossing the border in Texas in 1985 and was released on bail, but he never went before the judge assigned to his case; Chicas attributed his absence in court to faulty legal advice. Because of this he received a deportation order for crossing the border illegally.

    According to his current attorney Helen Parsonage, Chicas applied for asylum shortly after his arrival and was granted a social security number, yearly work permits and has paid taxes all along.

    He subsequently moved to North Carolina where he raised his family. In recent years, Chicas had been placed on an order of supervision and was reporting to immigration yearly and still had a valid work permit.

    Chicas and his family say his story is about a man who has turned his life around. He was previously arrested for DUI more than 25 years ago, and faced domestic abuse charges in 1998 involving his current wife.

    Chicas said these are reasons for which he is now considered a priority for removal under the Trump administrationís new guidelines

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  3. Another Veteran Facing Deportation

    by , 07-13-2017 at 11:53 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via The Chicago Tribune:

    An appeal to halt the deportation of a decorated Army veteran to his native Mexico has been denied, according to a letter delivered to him and his lawyer Tuesday.

    An order for removal has been issued for Miguel Perez Jr., a veteran with a green card who served time in a state prison for a felony drug conviction after two tours in Afghanistan. Perez, 39, had requested relief under the United Nations Convention Against Torture, an agreement by the U.S. not to deport people who are not American citizens or nationals to another country where they could be tortured.

    His attorney Chris Bergin said he will file for a stay of removal Wednesday. He has 30 days to appeal.

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  4. Iranian Researcher Denied Admission Alleged to Have Ties to Militia

    by , 07-13-2017 at 09:48 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    It has been reported that the Iranian researcher denied admission to the U.S. allegedly has ties to a volunteer militia that is linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

    Via Fox News:

    Images aired on state television Thursday showing Mohsen Dehnavi's return confirmed that he was the same man who previously headed a student branch of volunteer paramilitary militia.

    An earlier report in the semi-official Fars news agency said Dehnavi was appointed the head of the student Basij force at Iran's Sharif University in September 2007. The Basij is a volunteer militia that is linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

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    And see via

    An Iranian medical researcher who was prevented from entering the United States to work at a Boston hospital is believed to have been an active member of the Basij force used in Iran as a tool of state repression.

    Seyed Mohsen Dehnavi was the head of the Basiji at Tehran's Sharif University, former students at the university and activists claim.

    Updated 07-13-2017 at 12:26 PM by MKolken

  5. 50,000 Refugee Admissions Cap Reached

    by , 07-13-2017 at 08:39 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the L.A. Times:

    The State Department announced Wednesday that the country had hit its cap of 50,000 refugee admissions for the fiscal year.

    Refugees scheduled to travel Wednesday would be allowed to proceed before travel ban restrictions kick in the next day, the department said in a statement.

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