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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. Tracking Immigration Court Outcomes by County of Residence

    by , 03-27-2018 at 01:07 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Syracuse University's TRAC:

    Contrasting Outcomes in Top Five Counties in the Country

    There are stark contrasts in the typical outcome reached in Immigration Court cases for immigrants residing in different communities. Figure 1 and Table 1 illustrate these differences for the five counties in the country that had the most court cases completed over the period from October 2000 through February 2018. These five counties were: Los Angeles County (CA), Harris County (TX), Miami-Dade County (FL), Cameron County (TX), and Queens County (NY).

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  2. For Profit Immigration Detention Center Sues City of Tacoma

    by , 03-27-2018 at 08:04 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the Associated Press:

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The private company that runs a federal immigration detention center in Tacoma has sued the city, claiming that it passed an ordinance last month to restrict the facility from expanding out of disagreement toward federal immigration policy and not over land use issues.

    Florida-based GEO Group sued Tacoma in federal court Thursday, seeking to have the ordinance invalidated, The News Tribune reported.

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  3. 179 Deaths in ICE custody from 2003 to 2018

    by , 03-23-2018 at 08:16 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    There have been 179 deaths in ICE custody from October 1, 2003 to February 19, 2018.

    Via Capital and Main:

    Capital & Main’s new project, Deadly Detention, is intended to give names and faces to undocumented immigrants who have died in federal detention, and to explain how they met such sad fates in the country most had come to in search of better lives. It is a counterweight to ICE’s secrecy and comes as the Trump administration expands an already sprawling detention system to accommodate the growing number of immigrants caught up in its deportation surge.

    Click here to view their interactive map.
  4. My Platform if Elected to the AILA Board of Governors: Enhancement of Member Resources

    by , 03-21-2018 at 10:43 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    I am a proponent of AILA providing resources to assist our members who wish to represent children, and the indigent in immigration custody, especially when competency is in play. I would like to see an expansion of the resources available, including the addition of CLE units for individuals willing to take a removal case (regardless of detention status) on a pro bono basis under the supervision of a more robust AILA mentoring program consisting of experienced litigators.

    Mentors could benefit from their participation by receiving CLE units in return for guiding individuals through the removal process. I would also like to see more immigration court 101 CLE opportunities made available, as well as advanced defense strategy seminars. The best way to increase the availability of quality representation is to provide support to those willing to learn.

    AILA should redouble its efforts combating mandatory detention, and the abuse of immigration detention by private prisons for financial gain. The biggest obstacle of due process is a detained client in a remote location. I would like to see a focus on providing members with resources to assist in the filing of litigation challenging the detention of immigrants for civil immigration law violations.

    With all that said, I am a supporter of my local not for profit, the Erie County Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyers Project, both financially, and by donating my time by providing pro bono representation for all of their unaccompanied minor cases. The mission statement of my small firm is to allocate 10% of my resources on a yearly basis providing pro bono representation, and mentoring to local attorneys in need of assistance before the immigration court. It would be nice if other members of AILA could be motivated to take a removal case on a pro bono basis, and have the confidence that if they choose to do so that they have enhanced resources readily available at their disposal to assist them. If elected I promise to fight to make this a reality.

    Updated 03-21-2018 at 12:21 PM by MKolken

  5. My Candidacy for AILA Board of Governors

    by , 03-12-2018 at 11:22 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    I have been selected by the Nominating Committee as a candidate for the office of Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Board of Governors. For those who don't know me, I maintain a full service immigration law practice, handling cases in all areas of immigration and nationality law with a focus on deportation defense before Immigration Courts throughout the United States, appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals. I have been a member of AILA since 1997.

    During the last three years I have served as the EOIR liaison for the Upstate New York Chapter, and was awarded the chapter's Equal Justice Under the Law Peter J. Murrett III Pro Bono Award in recognition for community service. In addition, I was awarded the New York Law Journal's Lawyer Who Leads by Example award for 2015 for providing pro bono representation to refugee children before the immigration court. In 2017, I received the Erie County Bar Association's Pro Bono Award in recognition and appreciation for pro bono legal services performed in immigration matters before the Court.

    I am honored to already have had my candidacy endorsed by Charles Kuck, Doug Stump, Margaret D. Stock, Amy Maldonado, Danielle Rizzo, and Daniel Thomann, Rosanna Berardi, Mechelle Zarou, Isabel Barbarin, Daniel Joyce, Rita Georges and Michael Serotte, Tracy A. Powell and Steve Brent, Jeff Zimskin, Ramon Rivera, Lindsay Curcio, James D Eiss, Barbara C. Brenner, Jennifer Behm, Kurt Saccone, Siana J. McLean, Nina F. Juncewicz, Michael Marszalkowski, Joseph C. Grasmick, and Russell W. Roberts.

    If elected my focus will be on the improvement and expansion of member benefits, transparency of governance, and the limitation of advocacy messaging to nonpartisan analysis of the immigration law.

    I believe that AILA's main focus should be on serving the members of the organization, and it has a fiduciary responsibility to avoid advocating for policies that will harm our members financially.

    I also believe that AILA's advocacy efforts have been both ineffective and detrimental to the reputation of the organization. Moving forward, I will fight to limit AILA’s official messaging to strict legal analysis of immigration law and procedure, addressing deprivations of due process, and administrative deficiencies.

    It goes without saying that I have been one of AILA's harshest critics, but I am willing to make my voice heard from the inside in an effort to make our association better.

    Thank you for your kind consideration.

    Updated 03-16-2018 at 08:32 AM by MKolken

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