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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. Deportation Hearing more like a War Crimes Trial

    by , 10-02-2010 at 08:04 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    I haven't been able to blog over the last week because I have been at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia, New York and have not had internet access.
    I am representing a lawful permanent resident of the United States who has been charged with abandoning his green card, despite the fact that he has maintained a home in the United States since the 1970s, has paid his taxes, is married to a United States citizen, and he has adult United States citizen children that were raised in the United States by the couple. 
    On paper that doesn't sound like too difficult of a case to fight.  Unfortunately, this is just one aspect of the case.  My client is George Boley Sr., a 60-year-old native and citizen of Liberia who was a prominent political figure in Liberia during the civil war in the early 1990s.  During this time Liberia was one of the bloodiest places on the entire planet, and was home to some of the most evil individuals to ever walk the Earth.
    The Government has charged my client with being inadmissible as a result of his role in the Liberian peace process, and is attempting to pin the atrocities of the war on him.  In support of their charges they have called an individual who has admitted under oath to murdering countless children during the course of the war, and murdering four other individuals during a failed assassination attempt. 
    His testimony was given remotely from Liberia via televideo conferencing.  Presumably the Government elected to call this witness from Liberia because his admissions, in addition to making him an unspeakable monster, render him inadmissible to the United States.  This testimony was stricken from the record by the Immigration Judge who is now allowing the government to bring the individual to the United States to enable him to testify again from scratch.  We have obviously objected.
    My client has consistently denied that he has engaged in any act that would render him inadmissible to the United States. We are in the process of attempting to obtain his release from immigration custody while he fights to remain in the United States.
    Here are some of the news articles from the trial this past week.

    Immigration trial of George S. Boley yields tales of atrocities
    Judge pulls plug on video testimony at George Boley's trial
    First phase of Boley deportation trial concludes

    The case is scheduled to resume in February 2011.
    Kolken & Kolken
  2. CNN Reports: Mexican Journalists Seek Asylum in the United States

    by , 09-25-2010 at 03:10 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

  3. Secretary Napolitano on Interior Immigration Enforcement

    by , 09-24-2010 at 04:44 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The following testimony of DHS Secretary Napolitano was given at a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing held on September 22, 2010.

  4. ABC News Report: McCain, Napolitano Spar Over Draft Immigration Policy Memos

    by , 09-22-2010 at 11:59 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
  5. Issue Paper: Prior Conviction Sentencing Enhancements in Illegal Re-entry Cases are Unjust

    by , 09-20-2010 at 11:42 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Attorney Doug Keller from the  Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., has written an issue paper entitled: Why Prior Conviction Sentencing Enhancements in Illegal Re-entry Cases are Unjust and Unjustified (and Unreasonable too).
    Click here to read it.
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