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  1. Congressman Luis Gutierrez on Meet The Press: President Obama hasn't Demonstrated the Political Will and Courage to Tackle Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    by , 06-01-2010 at 06:11 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) is at the forefront of the
    immigration debate.  He has been harshly critical of the
    President for his handling of the situation in Arizona, and for his
    failure to meaningfully address comprehensive immigration reform
    eighteen months into his presidency. He has also put his money where his
    mouth is, getting
    arrested in front of the White House while peacefully protesting the Arizona immigration law. 

    The Congressman appeared on NBC's Meet the Press last Sunday, and as always he provided clear insight into the immigration reform issue, rationally evaluating the problem.  In doing so he assessed President Obama's political will as it relates to immigration reform as follows: 

    "I don't think [President Obama] is there yet, and I think that the President has to understand that simple political soundbites is not what the American public want.  They want practical solutions.  He knows what the solution is to this issue.  He needs to demonstrate the political will and the political courage to take it on."

    Plain and simply we need more people in Washington like Congressman Gutierrez.  

  2. Obama's position on Arizona Boycott: I Don't Endorse - or Not Endorse

    by , 05-28-2010 at 05:31 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    "President Barack Obama says the decision to boycott Arizona over
    its tough new law cracking down on immigration is for private citizens,
    not the president of the United States, to decide." -Associated Press

  3. Obama to send 1,200 troops to U.S.-Mexico border

    by , 05-26-2010 at 03:56 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Who would have thought that eighteen months into the Obama Presidency that the administration's first tangible move on immigration would be to militarize the southern border.Truth truly is stranger than fiction.
  4. American Citizen Faced Deportation

    by , 05-25-2010 at 05:18 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    NBC News Chicago has reported that Eduardo Caraballo, a United States Citizen, was taken into custody by Federal Immigration authorities on Friday and held in immigration detention for three days.

    Immigration Officials detained Mr. Caraballa despite the fact that he repeatedly told officers that he was a United States Citizen, and his mother corroborated his claim by presenting his
    birth certificate, and his state-issued ID.  Even though they were provided proof of Mr. Caraballa's United States citizenship, Immigration Officials indicated their intention to commence deportation proceedings.

    Caraballa was released Monday afternoon after Congressman Luis Gutierrez was contacted.

    "Here we had an
    American citizen, that the federal government, not state authorities,
    but the federal government, with all their technology and all their
    information capacity that they have, could not determine, for more than
    three days, his status as an American citizen. It's very, very, very
    dangerous ground to tread." -Congressman Luis Gutierrez.Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials had no comment.View more news videos at:
  5. Under Obama Pending Deportations Reach an All-Time High

    by , 05-24-2010 at 12:25 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Obama's 1,000 deportations per day mandate is being felt in our Nation's immigration Courts.   Transactional
    Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a data gathering, data
    research and data distribution organization at Syracuse University, has reported that at the end of March 2010 there are 242,776 unresolved immigration court cases, a new all-time high. An analysis of the data reveals that the immigration court backlog is growing by 6.3 percent since TRAC's last report at the end of 2009.  This number is 30.4% higher than it was 18 months ago prior to Obama's election.   The added pressure on our immigration courts has resulted in the increase of the average length of time an individual must wait to have their matter resolved to up to 443
    days.Is this the "Change" you believed in?
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