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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

White House on Defensive Over Immigration Enforcement Policies

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Latino and immigrant rights groups are speaking out - loudly - over the fact that the White House has led the largest crackdown on immigrants in the country's history.


The New York Times reports this evening on protests around the country regarding the White House's policies:



In Los Angeles, about 200 immigrants and their supporters walked out of a stormy hearing Monday evening that was called by a task force advising the enforcement program, known as Secure Communities. Bearing signs that said "Stop Ripping Families Apart," the protesters called for an end to the program, which they said had led to the deportation of victims who reported domestic violence to the police, and to parents of American citizen children.


On Tuesday in Chicago, several dozen protesters delivered thousands of petitions calling for an end to the program to the headquarters of Mr. Obama's re-election campaign. Petitions were also delivered by small groups of protesters to Democratic Party offices in Miami, Atlanta, Houston and Charlotte, N.C.



The article also discusses the release of a report this evening by the American Immigration Lawyers Association outlining a pattern of local police and ICE cooperating to put people in deportation proceedings for offenses like failing to use a car's turn signal or burning trash in a front yard



Also on Tuesday, the American Immigration Lawyers Association published a report that cast light on how Secure Communities and other enforcement programs have stirred tensions in immigrant communities. The association, which includes 11,000 immigration lawyers, polled its members to see how many were handling cases of immigrants facing deportation after being stopped by local police officers for minor offenses, like traffic violations.


Gregory Chen, director of advocacy for the lawyers' association, said his office was deluged with responses.


"Department of Homeland Security practices have ushered in a sea change in who is being deported, and our attorneys have literally been flooded with people coming in to their offices who have been picked up by local police for small time stuff," Mr. Chen said. The report, which presents a sample of 127 cases from 24 states, was the "the tip of the iceberg," he said.



The White House is in a quandary and is trying to walk a fine line of not alienating the country's Latino voters while also trying to avoid giving right wingers ammunition to use against the President. They're doing it by trying to make it appear that all of the enforcement is against hardened criminals and not more sympathetic individuals. John Morton, ICE's Director, told the Times that most of those deported are criminals and Celia Muñoz, the White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs blogs today largely the same message.


Except it isn't really true. ICE's own statistics show, and the AILA report illustrates, that a sizable percent of the so-called criminals being deported have only committed minor offenses and for many the offense in the statistics is immigration-related.


Morton does tell the Times that the agency expects the number of deportations to drop as a result of the new June memorandum on prosecutorial discretion. But as the AILA report shows, the memo, which has been in effect for two months, is largely being ignored in the field. Which makes one wonder whether the memo was simply something designed to convince Latino voters that the President is not as anti-immigrant as his policies appear.If the President wants to convince the public he is pro-immigration, it's time for his actions to match his words and it's time for him to stop worrying about the tiny (albeit loud) minority who will never think the President is tough enough on immigration.


 

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  1. USC's Avatar
    INS unveils Self Check:

    http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=2ec07cd67450d210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=2ec07cd67450d210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

  2. Rob Gard's Avatar
    The Obama Administration's attempt to massage statistics, change definitions, and otherwise apply (with a large trowel)lipstick on the pig known as "S-Comm" is an absolute disgrace. So much for the promise of "transparancy" from this Administration. I suppose that Obama really fancies himself as the "adult" in the room, because he treats the advocates of CIR and thoughtful immigration enforcement as ignorant children.
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    Vice Consul in Chennai, India with interesting views....

    ""I was on a 24-hour train trip from Delhi to Orissa," the eastern Indian state, Chao continued, according to Agence-France Press. "But, after 72 hours, the train still did not reach the destination ... and my skin became dirty and dark like the Tamilians.""

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/envoy/u-apologizes-over-american-diplomat-dirty-remarks-india-160858688.html

  4. US Visa Extension's Avatar
    The Immigration Enforcement Review Board, the first of its kind in the nation, was created as part Georgia's immigration law, which took effect on July 1. Its members will be appointed by Governor Nathan Deal, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and David Ralton, the speaker of the state House of Representatives, the media outlet reports. Members will not be paid, and there are reportedly no eligibility standards.
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    "Members will not be paid, and there are reportedly no eligibility standards."

    Probably made up of folks running around thinking that every day is Halloween!
  6. Jack's Avatar

    When Pres. Obama shockingly (and out of nowhere) made light of DUI, I figured the anti-enforcements he listens to must really hung up on DUI. But I also thought "no way". How could anyone who wants to be taken seriously pooh pooh something so dangerous? But they actually do! Not just the open and proud anarchists but the politically savvier who couch their ideological anti-enforcement beliefs as "smart" or "humane" enforcement.

    However, of those "convicted criminal aliens" 30,808 had been convicted of only criminal traffic offenses. - David Leopold

    "The [AILA] report questions whether federal immigration agents should respond to individual roadside calls by local law enforcement unless there are indications that the person poses a risk to public safety." - David Leopold

    These mere "traffic violations" or "minor traffic offenses" as Pres. Obama put it, include DUI. Since recent detailed statistics were released, many "immigrant advocates" explicitly mention DUI as an outrageous excuse to deport someone who, by law, doesn't even have to be guilty of anything.

    I don't know about you, but I consider drunk drivers a threat to my safety. Do you think DUI should be classified as an offense to condone when it comes to enforcing immigration law?

  7. USC's Avatar
    "I don't know about you, but I consider drunk drivers a threat to my safety. Do you think DUI should be classified as an offense to condone when it comes to enforcing immigration law?"

    The issue is equal treatment under the law. If you are guilty of DUI you should ABSOLUTELY be punished under State DUI laws which are quite stringent (and call for lengthy prison sentences) and rightly so. However, a Resident Alien shouldn't have to face expulsion from the country where an American citizen does not. I would have no problem in deporting Immigrants convicted of DUI provided American citizens are also subject to deportation to the country of their ancestors.
  8. Jack's Avatar
    "However, a Resident Alien shouldn't have to face expulsion from the country where an American citizen does not."

    Anti-enforcements used to complain a lot about Resident Aliens and asylum seekers being deported over aggravated felonies they don't consider "that serious". But now they've taken that "no crime should ever trigger a deportation" attitude and applied it to people (unauthorized aliens) who, by definition, are already subject to deportation by their presence alone--no additional unlawfulness required. They have exactly the same non-enforcement standard for legal aliens and illegal aliens. Even as applied to those outside the immigration law, they are giving examples of crimes (e.g., DUI) which you would think even they consider "pretty serious"--except when it comes to aliens committing them. This is the way DUI becomes a "minor traffic offense".

    When Secure Communities came out the complaint was that it was also being used against non-criminals. They twisted the statistics based on conviction for the current charge. E.g., if there were prior criminal convictions, that doesn't count. If they were deported before conviction for the current charge, that doesn't count (as if none of them would have been convicted). You'd even see supposed support for the program so long as it was applied to criminals. Now it turns out some of these crimes people are deported over don't meet the enforcement critics' standard of seriousness. Let's be honest, to some, there is no standard serious enough because they when it comes to immigration they have no standard at all.
  9. Sid's Avatar
    USC,

    Would you argue similarly for more offensive crimes like rape or murder or even negligent driving resulting in death or injury?

    Your argument makes a lot of sense if you're god or the pope - same laws for all human beings but not from a country's public policy perspective. From a policy perspective it would make sense to most people to hold prospective citizen to a higher standard. Every institution has barriers to entry, why should the US be an exception? Harvard & MIT, two of your alma maters surely require very high GPAs for incoming students but do they expel existing students who cannot maintain such high GPAs? How does it help the US to admit immigrants who are not better than the average American?
  10. gg's Avatar
    Beginning of the end of tea party ....

    http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/08/17/kasich-comes-crawling-back-to-labor-asking-for-a-deal-on-sb-5/
  11. gg's Avatar
    Foreign Students in Work Visa Program Stage Walkout at Plant

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/18/us/18immig.html?hpw


    ha ha ha !
  12. USC's Avatar
    "Anti-enforcements used to complain a lot about Resident Aliens and asylum seekers being deported over aggravated felonies they don't consider "that serious"."

    "Your argument makes a lot of sense if you're god or the pope - same laws for all human beings but not from a country's public policy perspective."

    I think we need to recognize that aside from the illegals there are two kinds of aliens that are legally here; immigrants and non-immigrants.

    We need different standards for each category. Since, the Resident Aliens have been vetted and accepted for citizenship by the USA, they, in accordance with the Equal Protection Clause/Fourteenth Amendment, should pay the penalty for the crime they have committed calls for and shouldn't be subject to deportation AFTER they have paid their debt to society. Given that if they have committed a criminal offense and are thus not of good moral character they should be declined American citizenship (the UK refuses to grant citizenship to Mohammad al-Fayed, the father of Dodi Fayed and former owner of Harrods, since he is not of good moral character).

    As for the Legal Non-Immigrants, when their visa expires the Consul should take into account their past criminal history prior to renewing their visa.

    Those illegals that entered the country without inspection and thus are here unvetted should be deported after they have served their sentence. A slightly more lenient view could be taken of the over-stayers.

    "Harvard & MIT, two of your alma maters surely require very high GPAs for incoming students but do they expel existing students who cannot maintain such high GPAs?"

    Just as a point of interest, MIT did/does require a GPA of 3.0 in order to be in Good Academic Standing. Failure to maintain Good Academic Standing (for 2 terms??) forces the student to be required to withdraw from MIT for at least a year and re-apply for admission. Harvard had/has similar rules.



  13. Sid's Avatar
    "Just as a point of interest, MIT did/does require a GPA of 3.0 in order to be in Good Academic Standing. Failure to maintain Good Academic Standing (for 2 terms??) forces the student to be required to withdraw from MIT for at least a year and re-apply for admission. Harvard had/has similar rules. "

    The point that I'm trying to make is that someone with a GPA of 3.0 will not get into Harvard or MIT. Once they get in, they are allowed to stay on in spite of a low GPA - i.e., the barrier to entry is higher.
  14. George Chell's Avatar
    The problem is Jack and everyone else, tell me what traffic law is enforced? They surely dont stop for pedestrians here in VA or in DC despite threats of fines. They still talk on the cellphone driving in areas, where talking on cellphone while driving is illegal. US just does not enforce the law and does not have money to enforce the law..and after the budget cuts of 2012 there wont be money to enforce the law all the time. So deporting 12 million illegals is a non-starter because there simply is no money at the federal level or for that matter at the state level. If you dont like that scenario, defeat the Tea party folks in the next elections and increase taxes and spending on these issues.
  15. Another Voice's Avatar
    The WH should be ashamed of their double standard. They are all talk when it comes to Immigration but actions speak louder than their words. The WH is trying to please the right wingers that will never vote for them anyway even if the deported the 12 million undocumented immigrants, soooo why are they trying sooo hard to please these folks????? and alienate the Latino vote at the same time. They already screw them when they had majorities and had a chance to do something Immigration, they continue to screw them with all the enforcement and no relief strategy... some friend of the Immigrant the WH is it must be tough love....Someone at the re-election strategy is on heavy medication. I hope the Latino vote passes the bill to Obama come election date, there will be no Immigration reform either with Obama or someone else in the WH.
  16. Another Voice's Avatar
    I guess the WH is starting to get scared that Latinos are realizing their not a friend, despite all the nice talk....But it sure sounds like a smoke screen to calm the critics

    New Policy On Deportations Allows Some Non-Criminal Undocumented Immigrants To Stay

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/18/officials-change-deportation-policy_n_930688.html
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