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  1. Deportations Increase under Obama administration

    by , 07-26-2010 at 07:53 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Who remembers this:Sounded pretty good huh?Well, we are 18 months into the Obama Presidency, and all I can say is: "Where's the beef?!?!"The Washington Post has just reported the following:"The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency expects to deport about
    400,000 people this fiscal year, nearly 10 percent above the Bush
    administration's 2008 total and 25 percent more than were deported in
    2007. The pace of company audits has roughly quadrupled since President George W. Bush's final year in office."  ICE director John Morton issued a June 30 memorandum that instructs that parents caring for children or the infirm should be detained only in unusual cases.  Rhetorical question: how is a parent supposed to care for his/her United States citizen child when their job was just taken away from them by the President through a workforce raid. Didn't this President say that he stood for job CREATION?If this isn't the WTF moment of 2010 I don't know what is.  It is simply incomprehensible to me that President Obama can look an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the eye, and from one side of his mouth tell them that he intends to put an end to the destruction of their families, and then from the other side turn around and pledge to deport more undocumented immigrants than his predecessor.  Make that any President in the history of the United States.Simply astounding.Plain and simply, I'm tired of being lied to by this President.  I would rather he come clean with the fact that his administration has no intention to seriously address comprehensive immigration reform. Not in 2010, not in 2011, not ever.  I would at least respect his honesty.Other than a few brave Representatives (i.e., Congressman Gutierrez, ILL.), the Democrats are petrified of immigration reform with the November elections threatening incumbents.  That, coupled with Obama's plummeting approval ratings, has resulted in the death of CIR in 2010.  If the Republicans make any significant gains in the House as predicted it is unlikely that we will see immigration reform in Obama's first term.  If this is the case, rather than blaming the GOP for the lack of any meaningful movement on CIR, the President should look to his broken campaign promise to address immigration reform in his first year in office as the real reason for CIR's demise.Shame on you Mr. President, for insulting our intelligence with your empty promises, half-truths, and record deportations.Many people have claimed that 2012 will be end the end of the world...I am predicting that it will be the end of the failed Obama presidency.
  2. Deportation by Default

    by , 07-26-2010 at 06:25 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Human Rights Watch has released a 98-page report that documents the plight of mentally ill immigrants that are caged in the immigration detention system.  The report is entitled Deportation by Default: Mental Disability, Unfair Hearings, and Indefinite Detention.The following is a synapses:"This 98-page report says that immigrants with mental disabilities are
    often unjustifiably detained for years on end, sometimes with no legal
    limits. The report documents case after case in which people with mental
    disabilities were prevented from making claims against deportation -
    including claims of US citizenship - because they were unable to
    represent themselves. Some of the people interviewed for the report did
    not know their own names, were delusional, could not tell time, or did
    not know that deportation meant removal from the United States."Read the report.

  3. Arizona Immigration Law Tested

    by , 07-23-2010 at 03:35 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    "The Arizona immigration law came under new legal scrutiny in a packed
    courtroom Thursday as a federal judge considered whether the crackdown
    should take effect next week. Seven opponents of the law were arrested
    outside the courthouse. (July 22)" -Associated Press
  4. 1200 troops head to Mexican border

    by , 07-20-2010 at 06:48 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The National Guard sends 1200 troops to help guard the U.S. borders.  KXAN Reports:
  5. Robert Gibbs attempts to distance the White House from the Suit against the State of Arizona

    by , 07-14-2010 at 05:59 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    In the July 13, 2010 White House Daily Briefing Press Secretary Robert Gibbs addresses the fact that Democrats are unhappy with the President for filing suit against the State of Arizona so close to the November mid-term elections.  Gibbs acknowledges that the Federal Government has completely dropped the ball by failing to address comprehensive immigration reform despite the fact that President Obama had a "great opportunity" to do so.  Gibbs further attempts to distance the White House and President Obama from the suit, and fails to sufficiently defend it.Politics as usual.
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