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  1. Refugees and Asylees: 2009 Annual Flow Report

    by , 04-28-2010 at 09:52 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Office of Immigration Statistics Annual Flow Report has just been released.  It contains information on the
    number of persons admitted to the United States as refugees or granted
    asylum in the United States in 2009.Some of the highlights from the report:
    A total of 74,602 persons were admitted to the United States as refugees during 2009.
    The leading countries of nationality for refugees were Iraq, Burma, and Bhutan.
    During 2009, 22,119 individuals were granted asylum, including 11,933 who were granted asylum affirmatively by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and 10,186 who were granted asylum defensively by an immigration judge during removal proceedings.
    The leading countries of nationality for persons granted asylum were China, Ethiopia, and Haiti.
    Of the 11,933 persons granted asylum affirmatively in 2009, more than 80 percent were between the ages of 18 and 54.
    Slightly more than half were male, and 48 percent were married.
    In 2009, the two leading states of residence for individuals granted asylum affirmatively were California (37 percent) and New York (15 percent).
  2. Furor Grows Over Arizona's New Immigration Law

    by , 04-27-2010 at 07:35 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    "The furor over Arizona's new law cracking down on [undocumented] immigrants grew Monday as opponents used refried beans to smear
    swastikas on the state Capitol, [and] civil rights leaders demanded a boycott
    of the state."-The Associated Press
  3. Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Countdown with Keith Olbermann (4-26-10)

    by , 04-27-2010 at 07:01 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Representative Luis V. Gutierrez has COMPLETELY restored my faith in him.  He has become the leading voice in Washington for the cause of comprehensive immigration reform.  His appearance on Countdown with Keith Olbermann last night perfectly crystallized the issues in Arizona, and puts the law in its proper and rational perspective.Bravo Congressman!! 
  4. New Report: The consequences of losing a lawful immigrant parent to deportation

    by , 04-27-2010 at 06:31 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    A new report issued by a collaboration of the law schools UC Berkeley and UC Davis addresses the impact of the deportation of a lawful permanent resident parent on their United States citizen child.  The report is entitled:  In the Child's Best Interest?, and examines data collected from the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S.
    Census.  The report estimates that from 1997 to 2007 over 88,000 U.S. citizen children have lost
    a Green Card holding parent to deportation, and almost 50% of these children were under 5 when their parent
    was taken from them.  The psychological damage to the child is unmeasurable.When President Obama was campaigning he promised to put an end to this practice.  In stark contrast to his lofty campaign rhetoric, his actions as President tell a different story: he deports on average 1,000 immigrants per day in office.Shame on you Mr. President.  Shame on you.
  5. Rep. Grijalva Calls For Federal Non-Cooperation With Controversial AZ Immigration Bill

    by , 04-27-2010 at 06:08 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Democracy Now! reports that Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) is urging federal non-cooperation
    with the new Arizona immigration law and is calling for a targeted economic boycott of
    Arizona.

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