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  1. President Obama: Congress May Not Have the Appetite for Immigration Reform This Year

    by , 04-29-2010 at 09:38 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    President Obama on Air Force One yesterday stated that Congress may not have the appetite for immigration reform this year.  Truth be told, it has been the President who has turned his nose up to the leafy green immigration reform vegetables.  Unfortunately, Mr. Obama is once again employing the blame and do nothing strategy that has been the hallmark of his Presidency.When running for office Obama's message was clear: he would put a stop
    to the practices of the Bush presidency, he would effectuate real
    change by ending the destruction of families in this country, and would immediately work to pass the DREAM act. Suffice it to say, he is 0 for 3.Here are the facts: Obama deports an average of 1,000 people per day
    that he has been in office. He is on pace to deport nearly one-half of
    the undocumented community should he serve two terms in office. His
    record on deportation makes George Bush look like a humanitarian.



    In addition, his administration has been guilty of covering up the abuse
    of immigrant detainees, has created secret unmarked detention
    facilities, and moves immigrant detainees far from their lawyers and
    their support networks to frustrate their defense.



    Moreover, since Obama has been elected I have NEVER in my nearly 15 years of
    practicing immigration law seen more obstacles put in front of
    business immigrants who apply for visas to come to this country. This
    administration has made it increasingly difficult to obtain visas
    because of bureaucratic incompetence and potential business immigrants
    are now choosing to avoid the United States altogether, because the
    obstacles at times are insurmountable.



    Here is the bottom line: President Obama is dangerous to immigrants, and to the cause of
    comprehensive immigration reform, and it is time that we start looking for his replacement in 2012.
  2. Tucson Sheriff Dupnik calls Arizona Immigration Law Racist and Unconstitutional

    by , 04-29-2010 at 04:42 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    On Rachel Maddow 's April 28, 2010 show she aired a clip of Arizona's Pima County Sheriff, Clarence Dupnik.  It has been reported that Sheriff Dupnik will only grudgingly enforce the new law because he believes it to be both unconstitutional and racist: "If the county attorney tells me credibly that I don't have any
    choice, or that I'm going to put our department and our county in
    legal jeopardy if I don't, then I'll have to think about that. It
    would irresponsible for me to do otherwise."


    "I've been a cop for 52 years, and I'm not sure what reasonable
    suspicions means and I suspect that's going to be Constitutionally
    vague... and second of all I think it is just racist." - Pima
    County Sheriff, Clarence DupnikThe Arizona Daily Star has further reported that Sheriff Dupnik has called the law, "unwise" "stupid", and "a national embarrassment" empathizing with Hispanics stating that he were
    a Hispanic in the State of Arizona he would be "humiliated and
    angered."It is incredibly refreshing to see a law enforcement officer that is right in the trenches of this controversy publicly state what so many of us are thinking.Bravo Sheriff Dupnik!
  3. 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).
  4. 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
  5. 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!! 
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