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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. PBS NewsHour: Border Patrol Death Rekindles Immigration Debate

    by , 12-17-2010 at 04:52 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    "With the midterm campaign season in the rear-view mirror and issue ads fading from memory, the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Southern Arizona this week shone a new light on the illegal immigrant traffic across the U.S.-Mexico border. He was killed in a gunfight with border bandits on Tuesday night." -PBS NewsHour

  2. Deportation Nation: Timeline of Immigrant Criminalization

    by , 12-15-2010 at 06:03 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The following timeline was put together by Deportation Nation, and shows how the U.S. immigration system became focused on enforcement and criminalization.

    Deportation Nation: Timeline of Immigrant Criminalization on Dipity.

  3. Permanent Resident Steve Torlone Torn From Family 18 Years After Completing His Sentence

    by , 12-14-2010 at 07:52 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The following information was posted on in conjunction with a petition that asks Governor Schwarzenegger to stop the Deportation of Steve Torlone, a 50-year-old father of three United States citizen (USC) children, and loving husband to his wife Kim.  Mr. Torlone legally came to the United States from Canada forty-six years ago with his parents at the age of four.  He has been ordered deported (removed) as a result of a 20-year-old theft offense.  He has exhausted all of his appeals.
    This is just one more example of the unfairness of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRAIRA).  This law, signed by President Clinton, retroactively triggers deportation for individuals like Mr. Torlone who have been convicted of certain crimes even though the crime may not have been a deportable offense at the time of the conviction, and even where the individual has long paid his/her debt to society.  The law strips discretion from immigration judges preventing them from weighing the equities of an individual who has been convicted of certain crimes.  In essence, it prevents immigration judges from doing their job.
    Please sign this petition that asks Governor Schwarzenegger to issue a pardon and halt the deportation of Steve Torlone (#A 14-147-674), a 50-year-old permanent resident from Sacramento.
    Alternatively, you may call Governor Schwarzenegger at (916) 445-2841, and/or fax him at (916) 558-3160.
    Please act now in the hope that Mr. Torlone will be returned to his family in time for Christmas.
  4. Stop the Deportation of 50-Year Permanent Resident Mike Burrows

    by , 12-13-2010 at 07:37 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The following was taken from a petition started by Gabriela Garcia on
    Mike Burrows is as an American as any citizen. The 52-year-old legal permanent resident was a baseball player at Glendale High School and Glendale Community college, and a golden gloves boxer in his twenties. A professional musician who has worked in the automobile and advertising industries, he has worked ambitiously and paid taxes most of his adult life. He has a long family history in the United States, with U.S. citizen grandparents. His grandfather was a state senator in South Dakota. Burrows is a loving father, productive resident, and hard worker. He immigrated from Canada when he was just two years old.
    But he has faced a 9-year battle against deportation because of an expunged misdemeanor charge over holding a stolen 8-track tape deck for a friend when he was a teenager. Because of the Illegal Immigration and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, he would face a lifetime ban from re-entry into the United States. He would most likely never see his elderly parents again, especially his mother who has Alzheimers and is too sick to travel.
    Burrows faces a deportation mandate in the next few days. Having exhausted appeals, a pardon from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is the family's last hope.

    Click here to sign the petition that calls for the immediate halt of Mike Burrow's deportation from the United States.
  5. Refugee Admissions Numbers for FY 2011

    by , 12-10-2010 at 05:53 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    President Obama has provided for up to 80,000 refugees to be admitted to the United States during Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. This includes persons admitted to the United States during FY 2011 with Federal refugee resettlement assistance under the Amerasian immigrant admissions program.
    Regional allocations are as follows:
    Africa: 15,000
    East Asia: 19,000
    Europe and Central Asia: 2,000
    Latin America/Caribbean: 5,500
    Near East/South Asia: 35,500
    Unallocated Reserve: 3,000
    The 3,000 unallocated refugee numbers will be allocated to regional ceilings as needed.
    The President has also specified that in FY 2011 the following persons may, if otherwise qualified, be considered refugees for the purpose of admission to the United States within their countries of nationality or habitual residence:
    a. Persons in Cuba
    b. Persons in the former Soviet Union
    c. Persons in Iraq
    d. In exceptional circumstances, persons identified by a United States
    Embassy in any location.
    Click here to read the Memorandum that was published in the Federal Register.
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