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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

How many citizens will spend Christmas without their deported relative this year?

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I saw the following anonymous comment posted in response to a blog about deportations and immigration enforcement and was compelled to republish it here. It perfectly crystallizes the human toll that the last 5 years have had on United States citizens with relatives that have been deported by the Obama administration.

"You are so worried they are doing nothing! They do enforce and they do deport no matter what the family member wants. The police even laughed when they arrested my husband and told me he would be released after i paid a fine, they said to wait and I did for 4 1/2 hours while they kept looking at me knowing darn well they weren't going to release him.

Its a game to them. They make them criminals for doing what any family man would do get back to his family. I contacted everyone from the President to the Judge , Senators Congressman, Pro immigrant groups and lots more.

Whats so weird they all told me they had no power to do anything, most just ignored me. My husband crime was coming back here to take care of me and he would have come back this time but the President gave many of us false hope all the talk about personal discretion yada yada yada and I asked him to wait to see if we could do this the right way-he asked me several times said it was getting worse over there-If i would have brought him back illegally he would still be alive!

I begged since 2010- well they deported him again in Dec 2012 to one of the most violent countries of the world and Saturday Dec 15, 2013 he was murdered and I am left trying to go on without him I am 55 years old and disabled.

To you people he is just one more to me he was my life, my hope, my future. I cant close my eyes without seeing him, I cry all the time. But I don't matter either after all he was just a immigrant to you. He was the kindest, caring- the finest man I have ever know. He is not replaceable.

I should have had more say in his deportation, he should have been allowed to stay here while processing his paperwork, to this day there has been no action on his paperwork. I had to barrow to get the money to pay the lawyer and forms. I have lost respect for our system when you make laws knowing they are not going to work to criminalize a otherwise normal person just lacking authorization setting them up to fail and making them felons is so wrong! So I well pay for it the rest of my life.

The pain I feel is real it is devastating he should have been offered amnesty but they just wanted to deport. All his life he lived in fear And violence he lived in the streets from the time he was 9 his stepfather came close to killing him twice, his uncle electrocuted his legs for punishment and burned his skin to the bone, he saw a man decapitated right in front of him and so much more . He didn't deserve to be sent back to die I wrote ICE , John Morton and it seems no one has authority to do anything he was robbed his 1st or second month back in his country and I wrote them all again.

Well none of this is important to anyone but me but if it did affect them they would have done something. I have nothing left but memories at least they can not destroy those but I hope they make a change so more like me don't have their lives taken away and spend the rest of their days suffering for the loss of their partner or child."

To the anonymous author of this comment, rest assured your story is important to me.

To those in our community that provide cover for the administration that has destroyed more families through deportation than at any time in history, you need to take a long hard look in the mirror. This isn't about politics. It is about children losing parents, and husbands losing wives.

Well here is the reality check: it was President Obama's administration that deported this woman's husband to a death sentence, and no seldom used prosecutorial discretion memo will ever bring him back to her. If I sound outraged, you would be correct. I've grown weary of the endless stories of loved ones being shackled in the middle of the night as children cry helplessly, unable to comprehend that daddy is never coming home again.

Hopefully, in 2014 things will finally "Change" so I can use this forum to do something other than on a near daily basis expose the President's lies about his deportation record. I know it has grown tiresome to some, but to me speaking the truth is more important than receiving an invite to the White House Holiday party.

Just sayin'

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Updated 12-24-2013 at 10:26 AM by MKolken

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  1. don miller8's Avatar
    I too am tired of all the sob-stories about "cruelly separated" families etc. Illegal immigration is a gamble...that means, just like the craps tables in Las Vegas. You can win but you can also lose, and they all are perfectly aware of this. As an immigration fraud officer at US embassies in Mexico and El Salvador I have interviewed hundreds of intending immigrants and all knew that they could well be caught and sent back, yet all were determined to "roll the dice". Well, guess what, folks: when you crap out at the tables and your chips are gone, you leave the table and the casino. The casino and the other players are not required or expected to give you money so you can keep playing, whether you have a family or not. You gambled and lost. Tough! Your lost bet is neither my responsibility or my concern!
  2. Kaylara's Avatar
    I understand that. I personally can't fault someone for wanting to be with their family, but I think that you should go the legal route. For me, besides having had faith in the system and a belief that you should go through the appropriate channels, the stakes were just too high to try to jump the line. However, having spent the last 9 months waiting for my husband's I130 petition to even get to someone's desk, I have entirely lost faith in the fairness of the system. What going through this process has taught me is that:
    1. The USCIS doesn't have to provide you good service, even though you're paying for it.
    2. The USCIS doesn't have to provide you a timeline. They will hold your case until they feel like processing it.
    3. The USCIS does NOT process cases in the order in which they are received.
    4. The USCIS can lie to you, provide bad information to you, and you have no recourse.
    5. You have no recourse anyway. They make sure that anytime a new avenue for getting help is opened, that they shut it down by manipulating their information. They are not accountable to anyone. They have a monopoly and near total power, and they behave exactly as you would expect someone with unchecked power and questionable scruples to behave.

    As such, I can entirely understand why someone would come here illegally. We're trying to do things the right way, and still are being forced to be separated. At this point, it will be well over a year before my husband of 8 years is reunited with me and our children. He's never come here illegally, no overstays. We lived in the Netherlands for years before trying to move back here. We accepted that we would have to be separated but had no idea that it would be for this long. I can't even imagine the terror of having your family member deported, and then the horror of finding out that they'd been killed after returning to their home country. Regardless of our laws, being deported shouldn't mean a death sentence.
  3. Stardelamor@yahoo.com's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by don miller8
    I too am tired of all the sob-stories about "cruelly separated" families etc. Illegal immigration is a gamble...that means, just like the craps tables in Las Vegas. You can win but you can also lose, and they all are perfectly aware of this. As an immigration fraud officer at US embassies in Mexico and El Salvador I have interviewed hundreds of intending immigrants and all knew that they could well be caught and sent back, yet all were determined to "roll the dice". Well, guess what, folks: when you crap out at the tables and your chips are gone, you leave the table and the casino. The casino and the other players are not required or expected to give you money so you can keep playing, whether you have a family or not. You gambled and lost. Tough! Your lost bet is neither my responsibility or my concern!
    We were trying to do it legally! Immigration should not be a gamble these are lives we are talking about not a game! For some it is the only thing they can do to survive. You can act all high in mighty because it doesn't affect you.You call them sob stories when they are real life . You work for immigration and have a attitude like that? You are supposed to be impartial. I have seen how immigrants are treated in San Antonio it is disgusting how they treat them like they are beneath them .Why do you even bother to comment to show how ugly you are? Are to show how much you dislike people you don't know?
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I hope that Don Miller's comment means that he was a former US immigration fraud officer.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
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