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  1. MS 13 Gang Member with Assault Convictions Removed to El Salvador

    by , 05-08-2017 at 01:42 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Immigration and Customs Enforcement:



    WASHINGTON – A 35-year-old El Salvadoran man was removed to his home country Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers.

    Ingmar Guandique-Blanco, a documented MS-13 gang member, was transferred to the proper law enforcement authorities upon his arrival in El Salvador. Guandique traveled via ground transportation from Virginia to Pennsylvania where he boarded a flight to Alexandria, Louisiana. From there, ICE officers removed him from the United States onboard an ICE Air Operations flight, which departed Alexandria International Airport in Louisiana, and made its way to San Salvador International Airport in El Salvador.

    “Mr. Guandique unlawfully entered the United States, and once here, continued to violate U.S. laws by assaulting innocent victims,” said Matthew Munroe, acting ERO Washington field office director. “As a result of his actions, he has been removed to his home country of El Salvador.”

    Guandique unlawfully entered the United States at an unknown location and on an unknown date. His criminal record is lengthy, dating back to May 2001 when he was arrested on local charges by Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department. In February 2002, he was sentenced to 10 years of incarceration on each of two counts for assault with intent to commit robbery. In February 2011, he was convicted of first degree murder, but after requesting a new trial, his case was later dismissed.

    On June 30, 2016, ERO Washington officers assumed custody of Guandique from the Washington, D.C. Central Detention Facility after the murder charges against him were dismissed. He was subsequently issued a notice to appear in immigration court. On March 3, an immigration judge issued Guandique a final order of removal which enabled ICE to remove him to El Salvador.

    Prior to his removal, Guandique was detained at Farmville Detention Center in Virginia.
  2. Buffalo Chief Counsel Office Closure for Move to New Offices

    by , 05-05-2017 at 09:19 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    I have been contacted by Buffalo's Chief Counsel Carla Hengerer who advises that as of 12:00 noon today until May 10, 2017 their Buffalo office located at 130 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York will be closed due to a move to their new office location at:

    Buffalo Office of Chief Counsel
    250 Delaware Avenue
    7th Floor
    Buffalo, NY 14202

    Chief Counsel's office located at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia, New York will be unaffected by the move, and in the interim Deputy Chief Counsel Carol Bridge may be contacted regarding cases scheduled before the Court in Buffalo. Be aware there will be no phone service in Buffalo during this time.

    Chief Counsel Hengerer also advises that trial attorneys will be attending court in Buffalo, and that motions for continuances for scheduled cases will not be filed due to the down time.
  3. Credible Fear grant rate under Trump similar to rate under Obama

    by , 05-05-2017 at 08:10 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via NPR's Latino USA:

    The following charts display the yearly summaries of total credible fear workloads, from Fiscal Year 2014 through Fiscal Year 2017. So far, case receipts for FY 2017 (currently at 50,475) and decisions (49,917) are on track to match or exceed the FY 2016 receipts (94,048) and decisions (92,990).

    The first four months of FY 2017 (October-January) saw some of the highest monthly number of case receipts and decisions in the past four fiscal years. In addition, the first full month of President Trump’s term in office (February, 2017) saw 6,148 receipts and 8,264 decisions, a higher number than February, 2016.

    In addition, for the first two full months of Trump’s term (February and March, 2017), 75.3% of decisions led to a fear being established (meaning that immigration court proceedings most likely started), with 11.1% leading to a fear not being established (likely meaning that a person was immediately removed).

    During FY 2016, that rate was at about 79% for a fear being established and 10.6% for a fear not being established. In FY 2015, the fear established rate was 70% and the fear not established rate was 16.7%. In FY 2014, the fear established rate was 72% and the fear not established rate was 18.2%.










    Click here for more of the report.
  4. Senator Johnson Unveils New State-Based Visa Pilot Program

    by , 05-05-2017 at 06:05 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)


    Via the Cato Institute:

    The idea of regional or state-based visas is not a new one. Indeed, Canada and Australia have each implemented successful variations that provide some valuable lessons and hint at the major economic benefits possible for us in the United States. Adoption of a state-based visa program in America would permit our 50-state governments to craft rules for work visa programs that are more adaptable to local economic conditions than the present one-size-fits-all system run from Washington, D.C. While state governors and state and federal lawmakers are warming to the idea, all that stands in the way here is congressional approval.

    The following press release was issued by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, unveiled a new state-based visa pilot program Wednesday that would allow states to tailor guest worker programs to meet their individual workforce needs. He was joined by U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) who plans to introduce a version of the bill in the House of Representatives.


    “We have a shortage of workers in all different areas of the economy. We need to recognize that a one-size-fits-all federal model for visas or guest workers doesn’t work. Let the states manage the visas, allocate them to the industries that need the workers, set prevailing wage rates. I think states would do a better job of protecting their state workers—American workers—as well as making sure their industries have the people they need to be able to grow,” Sen. Johnson said in remarks about his bill Tuesday.

    Sen. Johnson’s bill, introduced Wednesday, has a broad coalition of support and has been endorsed by:

    • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    • Bipartisan Policy Center
    • FWD.us
    • National Foundation for American Policy
    • Americans for Tax Reform
    • Marron Institute of Urban Management
    • American Dairy Coalition
    • WIB Agri-Business Coalition
    • Outdoor Amusement Business Association
    • National Roofing Contractors Association
    • ImmigrationWorks USA
    • Associated General Contractors of America
    • Compete America
    • Cooperative Network
    • National Association of Home Builders
    • South Dakota Dairy Producers
    • Professional Dairy Managers of PA
    • Oregon Dairy Farmers Association


    The full text of the State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2017 can be found here.

    Sen. Johnson’s remarks on the bill at a Cato Institute event Wednesday can be found here.

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  5. Other Than Rhetoric Very Little Has Changed on Immigration

    by , 04-27-2017 at 11:29 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    As the saying goes: Perception is reality.

    Via The Nation:

    "The media has played its own role in fanning the flames. Since Donald Trump entered the Oval Office, news reports have proliferated about rising raids, arrests, detentions, and deportations. These suggest that something new, terrifying, and distinctly Trumpian—something we’ve simply never seen before—is underway, including mass sweeps to deport individuals who would have been protected under the previous administration.

    The numbers tell a different story.


    A Washington Post scare headline typically read: “ICE Immigration Arrests of Noncriminals Double Under Trump.” While accurate, it was nonetheless misleading. Non-criminal immigration arrests did indeed jump from 2,500 in the first three months of 2016 to 5,500 during the same period in 2017, while criminal arrests also rose, bringing the total to 21,000. Only 16,000 were arrested during the same months in 2016. The article, however, ignored the fact that 2016 was the all-time-low
    year for arrests under President Obama. In the first three months of 2014, for example, 29,000 were arrested, far more than Trump’s three month “record.”

    And even though arrests went up during Trump’s first three months in office, deportations actually went down, mostly due to the fact that the number of immigrants crossing the border declined.

    To those who have been following deportation politics in this country, Trump’s policies, as they are now unfolding, have an eerie resonance. They seem to be growing directly out of policies first instituted in the presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama."

    Click here
    to read the full article.

    Updated 04-27-2017 at 12:01 PM by MKolken

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