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  1. DREAMer Andy Mathe Deported Last Night

    by , 07-27-2011 at 05:54 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    I just heard from @luzchavezb on Twitter that DREAMer Andy Mathe is the latest casualty of the Obama administration's deportation machine.  He was deported last night, and was returned to South Africa.
    Here is a link to the story.
  2. Demand an Investigation into the Death of Roberto Martinez-Medina in Immigration Detention

    by , 07-27-2011 at 05:34 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    I found the following information on the website:
    Roberto Martinez-Medina died in CCA's Stewart private detention facility in 2009. He was arrested for not having a driver's license.
    CCA whistleblower Bryan Holcomb has exposed how the company repeatedly ignored Medina's pleas for care of his heart ailment and how they cut medical care costs to make a profit.
    CCA profited off of Medina's incarceration and the lack of health services. The deteriorating conditions are directly related to cutting costs for profit. CCA has gone to great lengths to hush Medina's death.

    Click here to demand an investigation today.
  3. Rep. Gutierrez arrested outside White House Protesting Obama's Record on Immigrant Deportations

    by , 07-27-2011 at 05:10 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Hill's Christina Marcos reports that Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) was arrested Tuesday outside the White House, during a protest against immigrant deportation.  This is the second time the Congressman has been arrested for protesting this administrations inaction on immigration reform, and his record deportations.
    The Congressman was asked to leave the area in front of the White House by park police after he and other's sat down in and refused orders to leave.  It is reported that 11 people were arrested for "violating regulations for demonstrations in front of the White House," and for "disobeying an official to come in compliance." 
    Kudos to you Congressman Gutierrez.  You clearly allow your actions to speak for you.
    Mr. President please take note: this is what a real politician looks like.
    Click here for the full report.
  4. AILA Press Release: Politically Polarizing Legislation Unworthy of Full Committee Hearing

    by , 07-26-2011 at 09:43 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The following press release was posted on AILA InfoNet as Doc. No. 11072661 (posted Jul. 26, 2011).
    Tuesday, July 26, 2011
    George Tzamaras / Jenny Werwa
    202-507-7649 / 202-507-7628 /
    WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement will conduct a hearing on legislation called the Hinder the Administration's Legalization Temptation Act (HALT Act). The HALT Act, introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), would suspend vital protections for vulnerable immigrants that have received bipartisan political support for decades. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) strongly opposes this wrong headed bill that seeks to politicize the serious issue of our broken immigration system instead of solving it.
    "The HALT Act is unworthy of further Congressional consideration. It is a mean-spirited bill that is out to score cheap political points with some voters instead of meaningful legislation that attempts to solve a complex problem for all Americans," said AILA President Eleanor Pelta.
    This legislation, a direct attack on the current Administration's authority to allow narrow protections for individuals with humanitarian concerns or other compelling circumstances, would sunset on the last day of President Obama's first term in office.
    "Why must we waste Congress's limited time and resources on the HALT Act, which slams America's door in the faces of women battered by spouses - something Congress decided not to do more than a decade ago with the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act?" said AILA President Eleanor Pelta, referring to HALT Act provisions that would suspend President Obama's authority to grant deferred action to thousands of domestic violence survivors.
    "For those seeking a solution to our nation's immigration problems, the HALT Act goes in the wrong direction. It is yet another example of an enforcement-only approach that does not create jobs, does not foster business growth, and does not help the economy recover," said Pelta. "There are smart immigration reform proposals out there that would actually spur business innovation. Those are the bills that Congress should act on," she said.
    "Ironically, the HALT Act would actually hinder effective immigration law enforcement by forcing DHS to spend its resources going after low-priority individuals, rather than the real threats to our homeland security. That makes all of us less safe," said Pelta.
    This country needs smart, thoughtful ideas for real immigration reform, not attacks on vulnerable immigrants and their families. Congress should reject the HALT Act as a dangerous distraction from the real work of immigration reform.
  5. Alabama to enforce tough immigration bill

    by , 07-25-2011 at 12:45 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

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