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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Obama Still Deporting DREAMers Like Ivan Nikolov

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I just came across the following story written by David Bennion about DREAMER Ivan Nikolov. David Bennion represents Ivan in his immigration case. It is worth reposting.

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Ivan Nikolov
still needs your help. He has been locked up since May for the "crime"
of coming to the United States with his mother when he was eleven years
old. All he wants is to be able to stay in the U.S. with his fiancée
Alanna, a senior at Wayne State University in Michigan. Ivan's mother
was already deported last week, leaving Ivan's U.S. citizen stepfather
heartbroken and questioning the actions of his own government. Ivan
waits in prison not knowing if each day will be the last day he sees his
fiancée. Today his fiancée and stepfather are holding a press conference
at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan, to try to raise
awareness of Ivan's situation in order to stop his deportation (see
details below below the fold).

Contrary to Julia Preston's otherwise informative New York Times article
about the success of undocumented youth organizing to stop their own
deportations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has not
announced any formal policy on this point. This allows ICE to approach
the issue on a case-by-case basis, deporting some DREAM Act-eligible
youth (DREAMers) while exercising mercy in others. It's like the
emperor in the stadium, giving the thumbs up to the gladiator he likes
and sending the others to the lions. The emperor doesn't have to
explain himself, the thumb does the talking.

Except in this scenario, the emperor isn't Obama, it is the
supposedly subordinate agency that reports to Obama: ICE.
Anti-immigrant elements within the Department of Homeland Security, of
which ICE is a constituent agency, have decided that the chain of
command that keeps every other military and federal law enforcement
agency running smoothly doesn't apply to DHS. They've decided to take
matters into their own hands, leaking draft policy memos to hostile Republican Senators and staging a public vote of no-confidence in their own leadership.

ICE is a rogue agency that wants to cause political problems for its
own leaders so that ICE agents can ramp up deportations beyond the
record 400,000 people Obama is already deporting this year. And so far,
Obama and Napolitano have caved to their supposed subordinates, more
afraid of anti-immigrant voters than Latin@ voters.

Who is running the show here?

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos has cast his own vote of no confidence in the Obama administration, and some Latin@ voters are likely to follow Ramos's lead this fall.

Meanwhile Ivan waits in jail for the crime of coming to America as an eleven-year-old child. Will you ask DHS Secretary Napolitano to let Ivan out while he fights his immigration appeal?

Friends, Family, and Community Members Urge Senators to stop the deportation of Ivan Nikolov, 22-year old from Michigan

Friends, family, and community members gathered today at Macomb
Community College to express their support for Ivan Nikolov, a 22 year
old who aspires to studying film or music, and urge Senators Stabenow
and Levin to take action to stop his impending deportation.

Ivan would be eligible for the DREAM Act, which, if passed, would
grant a path to citizenship for undocumented youth who arrived in the
country as children and commit to at least two years of university
education or two years in the military.

Ivan, who was born in Russia, and is currently in detention, relayed
the following message via his fiancee: "I've been here for as long as I
can remember. I've worked hard, I've played by the rules, and I deserve
the chance to fulfill my dreams and contribute to this country."

Ivan's fight to remain in this country began on Monday, August 9th,
with an effort led by undocumented youth and allies from a number of
organizations --, ONE Michigan, Immigrant Youth
Justice League, New York State Youth Leadership Council and America's

"Deporting immigrant youth who want to get an education is not a
preferred policy by the Department of Homeland Security. They've
recognized cases like these in Michigan before- last year they deferred
the deportation of Herta Llusho, a DREAM-eligible Albanian immigrant,"
stated his fiancee, Alanna Woolley.

"We're running out of time. If Senators Stabenow and Levin don't
intervene, Ivan will be deported to a country he doesn't remember. Ivan
deserves this chance to stay in the country with his fiancee, his
family, and his friends," stated his step-father, Mike Porter.

Juan Escalante 407-602-8675 (National Contact)

Mary Woolley 313-804-0980 (On the Ground Contact)


Macomb Community College, In front of the K Building

14500 E. 12 Mile Road o Warren, Michigan


At least 65,000 undocumented immigrant youth graduate from high
schools every year, and many of them struggle to attend institutes of
higher education and the military. The DREAM Act will grant youth who
traveled to the United States before the age of 16 a path to citizenship
contingent on continuous presence in the country, good behavior, and
the attainment of at least a two-year university degree or a two-year
commitment to the armed forces.

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