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  1. Founder of Targeted for Deportation

    by , 04-18-2011 at 06:59 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Remember when Secretary Napolitano said that the Obama Administration wasn't targeting DREAM Act eligible students for deportation? The Secretary on April 1, 2011, eloquently assured us that: "I will say, and can say, that you know what? [DREAMers] are not, that group, if they truly meet all those criteria, and we see very few of them actually in the immigration system, if they truly meet those [criteria], they're not the priority."  
    Well it turns out that the Secretary was just playing a little April Fool's joke.  Right after the Secretary made that statement Prerna Lal founder of, a national organization created to fight the deportation of undocumented students, was served with deportation papers.  
    Looks like Janet has some 'splainin' to do.
    I put this public relations snafu right up there with the Bush Administration approving student visa applications for dead terrorists to attend flight school six months after 9-11.

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  2. Georgia lawmakers pass Arizona-style immigration law

    by , 04-15-2011 at 04:37 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    CNN has reported that late Thursday the Georgia State House and Senate have passed Arizona-style immigration legislation entitled House Bill 87.  The aim of the BIll is to permit law enforcement officers to question individuals about their immigration status during the scope of criminal investigations. It also includes punitive measures against people that transport undocumented immigrants during the commission of a crime, and imposes significant prison sentences to individuals who use fake documents to obtain employment.
    Georgia Governor Nathan Deal must sign the Bill before it becomes law.

    Click here for more of this story.
  3. Report: Obama Administration Abusing LGBT Immigrants in Detention

    by , 04-14-2011 at 05:32 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Blog of Legal Times has reported that 13 complaints have been filed with DHS reporting civil and human rights abuses of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender immigrant detainees being held in immigration detention while awaiting deportation proceedings. It has been alleged that LGBT detatinees suffer abuse, sexual assaults, humiliation, neglect, denial of medication, and prolonged isolation in solitary confinement.
    So much for cleaning up the immigration detention system. The Obama administration should be ashamed of themselves.
    Click here to read the original BLT report.
  4. Report Analyzes Immigration Policies in year-two of the Obama Administration

    by , 04-13-2011 at 06:00 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The American Immigration Council, Immigration Policy Center has released a report that analyzes the Obama administration's year-two immigration policies.  The report found that: "in 2010 as the Administration ramped up its immigration-enforcement efforts at the expense, many believe, of the very people most likely to benefit from legalization and CIR."
    The following is a sample of some of the key findings of the report:

    DHS applied its executive branch authority unevenly, taking far bolder action on removals than in other areas of immigration law.
    CBP expanded its enforcement mandate at certain ports of entry.
    Many of the approximately 400,000 aliens removed did not fit into the priority categories established by ICE, indicating a double standard and a lack of implementation.
    The 287(g) "Secure Communities" program was not directed toward serious criminal offenders as advertised, and approximately one-half of the people targeted only committed misdemeanors or traffic offenses. There has also been a marked lack of transparency surrounding the program.
    There were reports of the application of overly broad terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds, typically to refugees (who the immigration system was designed to protect), which kept cases on hold and applicants in limbo.
    There were reports that CBP frequetly went beyond its traditional role of assessing admissibility and, instead, re-evaluated the merits of an underlying visa petition. For example, CBP would reassess foreign business travelers' visa eligibility, rather than reviewing admissibility alone, and turning people around at the airport.
    There were numerous complaints about the overuse of Requests for Evidence (RFEs).
    Uniform and consistent workplace enforcement standards were lacking. Employers with no egregious immigration violations were targeted by ICE, which resulted in the firing of thousands of United States workers.
    There has been a lack of demonstrated will on the part of ICE to enforce its own priorities.
    There was a lack on transparency and consistency with respect to the release of information, and USCIS frequently released incomplete and heavily redacted documents.
    There has been a leadership void at DHS in terms of coordinating the policies and operations of the various immigration agencies.
    Problems with transparency continue to plague CBP.

    Click here to read the report in its entirety.
  5. Immigration bill passes Georgia Senate

    by , 04-12-2011 at 05:52 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    "The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration but stripped a requirement for private employers to verify the legal status of new employees.
    The amended version of a House bill authored by state Rep. Matt Ramsey passed the Senate Monday on a 39-17 vote. A similar Senate immigration bill has cleared a House committee but hasn't had a full House vote." ~Associated Press

    Click here for more of this story.
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