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  1. Federal Judge Orders Sanctions to Justice Department Lawyers for Lying

    by , 05-20-2016 at 07:29 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    From the New York Times:

    A federal judge in Texas on Thursday excoriated the Justice Department, demanding ethics classes for the department’s lawyers and ordering other sanctions for those who argued the case involving President Obama’s immigration executive actions.

    He also ordered the government to produce a list of about 100,000 immigrants who entered illegally and who are participating in a government program that protects them from deportation.

    In a blistering order, Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Federal District Court in Brownsville accused the Justice Department lawyers of lying to him during arguments in the case, and he barred them from appearing in his courtroom.

    He also demanded that Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch provide a “comprehensive plan” within 60 days describing how she will prevent unethical conduct in the future, as well as making sure the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility effectively prevents misconduct among its lawyers.

    He also said that any Justice Department lawyer who wants to appear in a state or federal court in any of the 26 states who filed suit to block Mr. Obama’s executive actions should be required to take an annual three-hour ethics course for the next five years.

    The Justice Department has until June 10, 2016, to comply with the Court's order.

    Click here to read the rest of the article.
  2. Press Conference to Discuss 13 Muslims Lawsuit Against USCIS

    by , 05-19-2016 at 09:52 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    Law Firm, CAIR-Missouri to Announce Filing of Lawsuit Against USCIS for Delays in Muslims’ Citizenship

    (ST. LOUIS, MO., 5/18/2016) – On Thursday, May 19, the Hacking Law Practice and the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO) will hold a press conference announce the filing of a lawsuit against the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of 13 area Muslims who have been waiting for years to become U.S. citizens

    WHAT: Press Conference to Discuss Lawsuit Against USCIS
    WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm. - 12:45 pm.
    WHERE: U.S. Federal Courthouse, 111 S. 10th St., St. Louis, MO 63102

    "This lawsuit challenges the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CARRP), a secret government program that holds Muslim immigration applicants to a higher legal standard," said Jim Hacking, lead attorney on the case. "While many are troubled by the spread of anti-Muslim rhetoric during this election cycle, including discussions regarding whether to ban Muslims from immigrating to America, this lawsuit challenges the current discriminatory practices of USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security.”

    “What’s truly disturbing about CARRP is that there is no way to challenge inclusion in the program, it was not authorized by Congress and there is no deadline to resolve these cases,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-Missouri. “Muslims living in America who are qualified to become citizens have to wait for years because of this discriminatory program."

    The plaintiffs are lawful permanent residents who come from all over the world - Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, Bosnia, Nigeria, Albania and Palestine. The group includes business owners, students, teachers, and religious leaders.

    The lawsuit was filed by the Hacking Law Practice, LLC, an immigration litigation law firm located in Webster Groves, in cooperation with CAIR-MO.


    CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

    - END –

    CONTACT: Immigration Attorney Jim Hacking, (314) 602-3794,; CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,
  3. Obama Admin Sued for Discriminating Against Muslim Immigrants

    by , 05-19-2016 at 09:01 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Remember, it is only racist and xenophobic if a Republican administration does it.

    Via BuzzFeed News:

    "The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unlawfully delays the citizenship applications of Muslim immigrants due to a secretive immigration program, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in St. Louis.

    The lawsuit — filed by the Hacking Law Practice on behalf of 13 Muslim immigrants in the Eastern District of Missouri — alleges that the “USCIS has applied different rules under a policy known as the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CARRP), which has resulted in the agency refusing to adjudicate Plaintiffs’ applications.”

    CARRP, which first began in 2008, is designed to identify security risks among immigrants who apply for visas, asylum, green cards, and naturalization in the U.S."

    The suit argues that CARRP violates the INA and its implementing regulations; Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4 of the United States Constitution; the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution; and the APA; and the Obama administration violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) by adopting CARRP without promulgating a rule and following the process for notice and comment by the public (as they did in the DACA/DAPA lawsuit).

    Click here
    to read the lawsuit.

    Updated 05-19-2016 at 09:39 AM by MKolken

  4. Obama Admin Charged with Violating Court Order on Detaining Refugee Children

    by , 05-18-2016 at 07:27 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Obama administration has landed back in Court due to their policy of locking Central American mothers and children in jails where they are deprived of decent food, water and sanitary conditions, and forced to sleep on a concrete floors.

    A motion was filed in the U.S. District Court of Central District of California last night that alleges that the Obama administration has violated U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee's previous ruling prohibiting the extended incarceration of children in jails. Judge Gee ruled that the Obama administration child detention policy was in direct violation of a settlement dating back to January 28, 1997.

    Peter Schey, President and Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, commented that the Obama administration has engaged in conduct that is “lawless and contemptuous,” and has "consistently violated the Settlement since the summer of 2014 and this Court’s Orders since August 2015.” Mr. Schey remarked that "a detention system that is incompatible with the concept of human dignity and has no place in a civilized society."

    Thank you Mr. Schey for your humanity.

    Click here for the original source of this story.

    Updated 05-18-2016 at 09:53 AM by MKolken

  5. The Deportation Force is Already Here

    by , 05-13-2016 at 05:33 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    We don't have to wait for President Trump as the "Deportation Force" is already in action, and anything Trump can do Obama can do better. Unfortunately, most Democrats have had their heads in the sand over the past two terms because they are unwilling to believe that their messiah has lied to them.

    Via Reuters:

    U.S. immigration officials are planning a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children found to have entered the country illegally, according to sources and an internal document seen by Reuters.

    The operation would likely be the largest deportation sweep targeting immigrant families by the administration of President Barack Obama this year after a similar drive over two days in January that focused on Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina.

    Bernie Sanders issued a statement in response opposing the "painful and inhumane business of locking up and deporting families who have fled horrendous violence in Central America and other countries." He remarked that deporting women and children "back into harm’s way is wrong,” and he urged Obama to use executive authority to extend Temporary Protective Status to individuals from Central America.

    Let's remember where Hillary was on this issue in the height of the crisis in 2014: “They should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are, because there are concerns about whether all of them should be sent back.”

    Here is the bottom line. Obama has been the most destructive President in the history of this country to immigrant communities engaging in widespread human rights violations using a law with Bill Clinton's signature, while implementing inhumane deportation policies that Hillary supported.

    Hillary, now looking to capture the Hispanic electorate, suddenly opposes Obama's deportation force, but curiously remarked that we must "stop the root causes of the violence in Central America" that her own policies as Secretary of State helped to create.

    But then again, Hillary will say anything to get elected.

    Updated 05-15-2016 at 08:35 AM by MKolken

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