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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. Immigration on Meet The Press with Chuck Todd

    by , 08-28-2017 at 08:24 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    I am worried and concerned about these ICE folks that go into people's homes and they grab mom and dad and try to ship them out of the country and they leave the kids on the front porch. Look, we talked about this in the campaign. I was one of the few voices that – I said a lot of things that didn't happen, tear up the Iran deal, you know, we're going to – we’re going to throw everybody out of the country, we're going to ban all the Muslims. Yeah, sort of funny because I was on the stage and I was saying, "No I don't think that's the way you do public policy." And what you find is most of the things that have, that are being done, a lot of them are being reversed, okay, or they haven't happened. In terms of the targeting of people that are in this country, look, we don’t – when people illegally got in here, we don't condone that. But if they've been in this country and they have not been committing crimes and they've been actually building businesses and being part of their community, going and grabbing them and shipping them out, that doesn't bring our country together.”


    # # #

    I think the border wall is ludicrous. I stand for a strong immigration policy because I want to see us bipartisanly do what we tried to do a few years ago even with President Bush and later with President Obama. I want to work with Senator Rubio in Florida, I want to work with others. I listened to what Governor Kasich said. It's terrible when we take people—when we are taking immigrants who have been here ten or 15 years and working hard, paying their taxes, active in their church, active in the communities, parents, and we throw them out of this country. Governor Kasich's dead right on that. We have no business doing that. That inhumane policy coming from administration is just part and parcel of what he's been for the last seven months.

  2. Former Priest Agrees to Deportation to Avoid Sexual Abuse Trial

    by , 08-25-2017 at 08:47 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via The Chicago Tribune:

    Former Aurora priest Alfredo Pedraza-Arias asked a federal judge in June for a "voluntary removal" from the United States, a decision Kane County prosecutors suggest he made to evade a trial on charges of sexually abusing two young girls.
    That allegation by prosecutors is contained in a third motion seeking to have 51-year-old Arias' bail revoked in order to delay his deportation until after he stands trial beginning Sept. 18.

    Click here for more.
  3. They Got Hurt At Work — Then They Got Deported

    by , 08-17-2017 at 06:22 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via NPR:

    At age 31, Nixon Arias cut a profile similar to many unauthorized immigrants in the United States. A native of Honduras, he had been in the country for more than a decade and had worked off and on for a landscaping company for nine years. The money he earned went to building a future for his family in Pensacola, Fla. His Facebook page was filled with photos of fishing and other moments with his three boys, ages 3, 7 and 8.

    But in November 2013, that life began to unravel.

    Click here for the rest of the story.
  4. 149 Cases of Reported Physical and Sexual Abuse on Unaccompanied Minors by CBP

    by , 08-11-2017 at 09:37 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the ACLU:

    We obtained records of 149 cases of reported physical and sexual abuse on unaccompanied minors by border officers.— ACLU National (@ACLU) August 10, 2017

    “There is a clear history of agents and officers engaging in what I believe was serious misconduct, documented by my office, in many instances who received little or no discipline whatsoever as a result,” said James Tomsheck, the former head of internal affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who has become a sharp critic of the agency after being ousted amid controversy."

    Click here
    for the rest of the report.

    Updated 08-11-2017 at 09:43 AM by MKolken

  5. New Web Tool Maps Cases Pending in Immigration Court

    by , 08-10-2017 at 10:34 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Syracuse University's TRAC:

    The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University has just released a brand new web mapping application that allows the public to examine for the very first time the number of individuals residing in each state, county, and local community within a county, who have pending cases before the Immigration Court.

    Using this new interactive web tool, the location of individuals involved in Immigration Court cases can be displayed based upon each individual's recorded home address. Where the individual is detained, the address shown may be that of the detention facility where the individual is being held.

    While TRAC's original backlog tool tabulated cases for each Immigration Court and hearing location, each court covers a wide geographic area - sometimes encompassing several states. Thus, only a very gross picture of the location where cases were situated was possible.

    TRAC's new mapping tool, in contrast, uses the individualized location where each person appearing before the court currently resides. Users can therefore pinpoint with great precision just where cases are located throughout the country.

    Click here to access the mapping tool.
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