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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. Community Rallies Around North Carolina Pastor Seeking Sanctuary from Deportation

    by , 07-13-2017 at 11:04 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    My friend Helen Parsonage is handling the case. He is in good hands.

    Via NBC News:

    Chicas was detained upon crossing the border in Texas in 1985 and was released on bail, but he never went before the judge assigned to his case; Chicas attributed his absence in court to faulty legal advice. Because of this he received a deportation order for crossing the border illegally.

    According to his current attorney Helen Parsonage, Chicas applied for asylum shortly after his arrival and was granted a social security number, yearly work permits and has paid taxes all along.

    He subsequently moved to North Carolina where he raised his family. In recent years, Chicas had been placed on an order of supervision and was reporting to immigration yearly and still had a valid work permit.

    Chicas and his family say his story is about a man who has turned his life around. He was previously arrested for DUI more than 25 years ago, and faced domestic abuse charges in 1998 involving his current wife.

    Chicas said these are reasons for which he is now considered a priority for removal under the Trump administration’s new guidelines

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  2. Another Veteran Facing Deportation

    by , 07-13-2017 at 10:53 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via The Chicago Tribune:

    An appeal to halt the deportation of a decorated Army veteran to his native Mexico has been denied, according to a letter delivered to him and his lawyer Tuesday.

    An order for removal has been issued for Miguel Perez Jr., a veteran with a green card who served time in a state prison for a felony drug conviction after two tours in Afghanistan. Perez, 39, had requested relief under the United Nations Convention Against Torture, an agreement by the U.S. not to deport people who are not American citizens or nationals to another country where they could be tortured.

    His attorney Chris Bergin said he will file for a stay of removal Wednesday. He has 30 days to appeal.

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  3. Iranian Researcher Denied Admission Alleged to Have Ties to Militia

    by , 07-13-2017 at 08:48 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    It has been reported that the Iranian researcher denied admission to the U.S. allegedly has ties to a volunteer militia that is linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

    Via Fox News:

    Images aired on state television Thursday showing Mohsen Dehnavi's return confirmed that he was the same man who previously headed a student branch of volunteer paramilitary militia.

    An earlier report in the semi-official Fars news agency said Dehnavi was appointed the head of the student Basij force at Iran's Sharif University in September 2007. The Basij is a volunteer militia that is linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

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    And see via

    An Iranian medical researcher who was prevented from entering the United States to work at a Boston hospital is believed to have been an active member of the Basij force used in Iran as a tool of state repression.

    Seyed Mohsen Dehnavi was the head of the Basiji at Tehran's Sharif University, former students at the university and activists claim.

    Updated 07-13-2017 at 11:26 AM by MKolken

  4. 50,000 Refugee Admissions Cap Reached

    by , 07-13-2017 at 07:39 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the L.A. Times:

    The State Department announced Wednesday that the country had hit its cap of 50,000 refugee admissions for the fiscal year.

    Refugees scheduled to travel Wednesday would be allowed to proceed before travel ban restrictions kick in the next day, the department said in a statement.

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  5. All-girl Afghan robotics team allowed to travel to US after visa ruling overturned

    by , 07-13-2017 at 05:04 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    I would not be surprised if the girls apply for asylum shortly after admission.

    Via The Guardian:

    Six Afghan teenage girls are to compete in person in a global robotics competition in Washington on Sunday after the US reversed a decision not to grant them visas.

    The initial rejection of the team’s visa sparked international outcry and the girls became national celebrities in Afghanistan, where many are perplexed about the repercussions of new US immigration rules and feel abandoned by their American allies.

    A US state department official confirmed to the Guardian that there were new developments under way in the girls’ case. The team said they had been asked to show up at the embassy in Kabul on Thursday.

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