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  1. Immigration Courts Overwhelmed by Priority Deportation Cases

    by , 09-16-2016 at 02:53 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration:

    (15 Sep 2016) The number of judges continue to prove insufficient to handle the growing backlog in the Immigration Courts. The problems are particularly acute for handling even priority cases like those involving unaccompanied children and women with children according to the latest court data updated through the end of August 2016 and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.

    The backlog of pending cases involving unaccompanied children reached 73,649 at the August 2016, while the backlog of cases involving women with children is even larger and rose to 83,949 last month. Together they now account for nearly one third (31%) of the court's overall backlog of a record 512,190 cases.

    For more details, including the top ten states with the largest overall Immigration Court backlog, see this month's snapshot report at: http://trac.syr.edu/imm/snap_backlog/

    For cumulative details through August 2016 of priority cases since July 2014 involving women with children see: http://trac.syr.edu/imm/mwc/
  2. In 2007 Hillary Clinton Sounded Much Different on Immigration

    by , 09-16-2016 at 10:52 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)


    Here is video from an Iowa town hall in 2007. Hillary Clinton was asked by a member of the audience about her positions on denying driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants and border security.

    Her response included a list of priorities.

    Priority 1. "First you've got to toughen border security." More personnel and technology.

    Priority 2. "Crack down on employers who employ undocumented workers." She called for much tougher sanctions and penalties.

    Priority 3. Help communities get more "financial aid" to help deal with the consequences of a broken immigration system. She stressed that local communities shouldn't have to pay for healthcare, education, and law enforcement required as a result of a broken Federal immigration system.

    Priority 4. Help countries "to the South" create more jobs for their citizens.

    Priority 5. Get people to come out of the shadows by giving them sanctions, penalties, and fines. She said "I want to know who is in this country. I want to keep track of them." She then illustrated her point by comparing the undocumented population to 9-11 terrorists.

    Mrs. Clinton was adamant that people with ANY conviction should be deported without due process. She stated "if they ever committed a crime either in the country they came from or in this country deport them immediately no questions asked." This sounded like a one strike policy. She didn't specify what kind of crime or if the recency of the violation would result in automatic deportation without due process. Mind you, the definition of "criminal alien" under the Obama administration, of which Mrs. Clinton was an integral part of, includes people with traffic tickets, and nonviolent or victim-less crimes.

    The tenets of Mrs. Clinton's reform plan were for the undocumented population to pay fines, back taxes, and try to learn English. There was no path to citizenship, only a path to legalization after a long, long wait. In this regard, she said "they have to wait in line... And maybe in 10 or 15 years they can get legalization... I think that is the ONLY answer."

    Sounds enticing huh?

    Point being, in 2016 if Hillary would have run for President on this platform she would have been a lock for the Republican nomination.

    Updated 09-16-2016 at 05:25 PM by MKolken

  3. Former Mexican President Calls Trump a False Prophet

    by , 09-13-2016 at 11:38 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    File this in the 'for what it's worth' category.

    Via The Washington Post:

    Former Mexican president Vicente Fox said Donald Trump is "a false prophet" in the model of 20th-century Latin American dictators and charged that the Republican presidential nominee was a messianic figure trying to dupe U.S. voters by playing to their fears and worst instincts.

    "Wake up, America!" Fox implored repeatedly in a wide-ranging interview Monday at The Washington Post's headquarters. "I want to warn people here in the United States to watch out for this false prophet that promised gold, that promised paradise, that promised everything."

    Updated 09-13-2016 at 11:43 AM by MKolken

  4. Immigrant Mother and Son Both Celebrate Birthdays in Deportation Jail

    by , 09-13-2016 at 10:44 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via immigration lawyer Carol Anne Mauer Donohoe:

    SEND A BIRTHDAY MESSAGE: Today an unbelievably courageous and strong young mother turns 23 years old in detention. She and her 6 year old son have been held in detention now for 380 days and counting. Her son already had a birthday in detention. With no party, no piñata, no photos to commemorate entering into his 6th year. Only a birthday cake that could only be bought through the county for which they charged Karen $70.00.

    Because she is vocal, the government labeled Karen 'disruptive' and took the unprecedented step of trying to transfer her and her son to yet another detention center in Karnes, TX in order to isolate them. Thankfully, the judge denied that request.

    I have set up an email account for those who want to send Karen Happy Birthday messages. It is felizcumpleanosberks@gmail.com. Oh and it can be in English or Spanish because she has learned English too.

    Please let her know you are thinking of her and that you will be vocal in demanding that she, her son, and all of the other Madres Berks get released and no one has to spend another birthday in prison!
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  5. CBP Family Unit and Unaccompanied Children Apprehension Stats For 2016

    by , 09-12-2016 at 04:33 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)


    Via Customs and Border Protection:

    Overall apprehensions by the Border Patrol in August along our southwest border – which include apprehensions of single adults, unaccompanied minors, and family units -- increased somewhat from the previous month. For the year to-date, overall apprehensions continue to be somewhat higher than in Fiscal Year 2015, but lower than FY 2014 and FY 2013.

    The Department of Homeland Security and its federal government partners continue to closely monitor current migration trends and are working aggressively to address underlying cases and deter unauthorized migration, while ensuring that those with legitimate humanitarian claims are afforded the opportunity to seek protection.

    DHS and its components continue to enforce U.S. immigration laws and to do so consistent with our enforcement priorities, which were revised as part of the President’s executive actions in November 2014. These priorities more sharply focus our limited enforcement resources on public safety and border security.
    We also recognize the need to provide a safe, alternative path to our country for individuals in need of humanitarian protection. Recently, the Government of Costa Rica announced its agreement to enter into a protection transfer arrangement with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration to help address this regional migration challenge. For cases not requiring immediate transfer to Costa Rica, the U.S. is establishing an in-country referral program in countries of origin including Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. This will enable vulnerable residents in the region to be considered for refugee protection in the United States after being screened and interviewed by Department of Homeland Security officers. The U.S. Government has also announced expansion of the categories of individuals eligible for participation in the Central American Minors program, when accompanied by a qualified child. Further information is available here.

    While we believe this expanded capacity for refugee processing is an important step, we recognize the ultimate solution to the humanitarian situation in Central America is long-term investment to address the underlying conditions there. We continue to work closely with our federal partners and the governments in the region, and we are pleased with the $750 million in support Congress provided this year in aid to Central America.

    Click here for more information.
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