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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Immigration Reform Group "Outraged" by Obama's Decision to Delay Deportations Review

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The following Press Release was issued by United We DREAM:

WASHINGTON D.C. – As reported in an Associated Press article published yesterday, President Obama has asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to delay completing his review of U.S. deportation policies, which have now deported more than 2 million people and separated hundreds of thousands of families.

The news came after a statement released yesterday afternoon by the National Immigration Forum, the Service Employees International Union, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, among others, which asked President Obama to wait until August to use his executive authority to expand administrative relief and stop deportations.

Lorella Praeli, Director of Policy and Advocacy with United We Dream, issued the following statement:

“United We Dream is outraged at the President’s decision to halt the deportation review he ordered in March of this year, as he continues cowering before House Republicans who show no real commitment to move immigration reform forward . His decision demonstrates his complacency and willingness to deport more than 1,100 people every day and separate countless families, cementing his legacy as the Deporter-in-Chief.

President Obama’s enforcement machine has continually criminalized our community, and his failed policies like Secure Communities continue tearing our families apart.

The immigration reform movement and its allies are united in the need for President Obama to take executive action to deliver affirmative relief and deportation reforms. Those asking us to wait are denying the moral crisis that exists in our community and the urgency of having the President move now.

To say that we can wait is to be complacent with the more than 97,000 deportations that will happen between now and August. To say that we can wait is to tell Oneeka Johnson that it’s acceptable for her father to be taken from his home and sent to a detention center a thousand miles away to await deportation only weeks after being granted deferred action for one year.

We can’t wait. United We Dream remains committed to keeping our families together, and we will escalate and hold any politicians and organizations accountable that stand in the way of justice and dignity for our communities.”

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Updated 05-30-2014 at 07:31 PM by MKolken

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I don't want to be cynical, but what if the much heralded deportation "review" was nothing more than a PR stunt to keep the pro-immigration side off balance and under an illusion that Obama really intended to do something, when all he wanted to do was run out the deportation clock until the next president takes over.

    UNder this view, the "review" would be the Democratic equivalent of the Republicans' "Principles", which made such a brief appearance last February before taking their place in the dustbin of US immigration history.

    Immigration supporters are caught between a Republican rock and a Democratic hard place. They have no friends in the leadership of the House of Representatives, and few, if any, in the White House either. It is time to face reality.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  2. MKolken's Avatar
    Coincidence that on the same day of the delay of the deportation review the Obama administration swept immigrant neighborhoods in Milwaukee raiding homes and workplaces taking 21 immigrants into custody?

    From the New York Times editorial board: "It is hard not to be skeptical of the president’s oft-repeated, oft-failed strategy of waiting for Republican legislators to do their jobs. Theirs is not a party that seems ready to embrace immigrants, to hand a domestic-policy triumph to a president they hate, or to put the country and the will of the people ahead of narrow political interests."

    Cynical indeed.
    Updated 05-30-2014 at 07:39 PM by MKolken
  3. Jack2's Avatar
    "narrow political interests"

    Those would be on the other side, New York Times:

    The Sunlight Foundation, a do-gooder government transparency and accountability outfit formed in 2006, on Monday released "Untangling the Webs of immigration Lobbying," a report examining the organizations that have led the charge for changing the rules on immigration to the United States.

    Sunlight dug through 8,000 lobbying reports filed since the last big push for immigration reform in 2007. Six-thousand seven-hundred and twelve of those involved immigration lobbying. More than $1.5 billion was spent on this immense lobbying push.

    Notice anything odd about that list? All but one of these interest groups are supporters of looser immigration rules in one way or another.
  4. Jack2's Avatar
    ”Every day our office sees families like those affected by Tuesday’s raids who are reeling from these attacks," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, in a statement.

    It is obvious that there is no form of immigration law enforcement which is supportable by such groups. Thus, Jeh Johnson's "more humanely within the confines of the law" is a political needle that cannot be threaded. Unless he announces the end of deportations and DACA for all, they will not just be disappointed but angry and call him and Obama all kinds of names. No matter how lax enforcement or carved out protected categories for virtually any alien, they will always demand "not one more."
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