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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Obama Punts on Executive Action on Deportation Relief

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From UnitedWeDream.org:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2014
Contact: Mario Carrillo | mario@unitedwedream.org | 915.449.6463

BREAKING: President Obama Agrees to Deport 70,000 More People, Separate Countless More Families"Dreamers are outraged and will take action. Obama’s legacy with our communities: deporter. Dreamers are outraged and will take action like never be”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, reports announced that President Obama has once again delayed using his indisputable executive authority to provide deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants. The President is instead waiting until after the November midterm elections to make an announcement, leaving millions of mothers and fathers under the perpetual threat of deportation.

Cristina Jimenez
, Managing Director for United we Dream, issued the following statement,


“The President’s latest broken promise is another slap to the face of the Latino and immigrant community. On June 30, President Obama stood in the Rose Garden and said, ‘If Congress will not do their job, at least we can do ours. I expect [Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice’s] recommendations before the end of summer and I intend to adopt those recommendations without further delay.’ Dreamers have held him accountable at every corner, but the President is more content playing politics with the lives of our families.”

“Where we have demanded leadership and courage from both Democrats and the President, we’ve received nothing but broken promises and a lack of political backbone. To wait nine more weeks means the President has agreed to deport more than 70,000 people, more than 1,100 every day, and continues cementing his legacy as the Deporter-in-Chief.”

“To wait nine more weeks means that I must again look my mother in the eye and see the fear she has about living under the threat of deportation every day. I must tell her that the President and the Democratic Party think that she will have to live with the threat of imminent deportation because Democratic leadership and the President are more interested in politics than in protecting immigrant families.”

“But Dreamers will not soon forget the President and Democrats’ latest failure and their attempts to fool the Latino community, and we remain resolute in fighting for justice for our families. Dreamers across the country will escalate until the moral crisis in our community is lifted and millions of people are liberated from the fear of being torn from their families.”

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants.

You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org.

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Updated 09-08-2014 at 08:12 AM by MKolken

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  1. Retired INS's Avatar
    During my immigration career I signed thousands of arrest warrants, but also presided over the naturalization of 300,000 new citizens and my name was signed to the approval of tens of thousands of new immigrants. I believe that the term "justice" implies some application of the law. To end the blog with "justice for all youth" is the wrong metaphor. Justice implies following the law, or deportation, in this case. I'm sure Republicans would be glad to grant justice to all illegal aliens. What you really seek is mercy. If I may use religion as a lesson: "Christ died on the cross to fulfill the demands of justice. We are all sinners and Christ paid our price so the law of justice is satisfied. What Christians believe we will receive is mercy.

    I learned long ago not to hate those I arrested. When circumstances merited it, I granted relief (or mercy) to many illegal aliens. Most immigrants who obtain their status through adjustment of status in the United States violated our immigration laws at some point, if nothing more than staying longer than authorized. Justice demands deportation, but mercy permits adjustment of status instead.

    The officers in the various components of Homeland Security routinely face the conflicting task of applying justice and tempering it with mercy when appropriate. Illegal aliens who demand justice should get what they ask for, deportation. However, those who acknowledge their sins (being illegal) and beg for mercy, will be more likely to obtain public support.
  2. Retired INS's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Retired INS
    During my immigration career I signed thousands of arrest warrants, but also presided over the naturalization of 300,000 new citizens and my name was signed to the approval of tens of thousands of new immigrants. I believe that the term "justice" implies some application of the law. To end the blog with "justice for all immigrants" is the wrong metaphor. Justice implies following the law, or deportation, in this case. I'm sure Republicans would be glad to grant justice to all illegal aliens. What you really seek is mercy. If I may use religion as a lesson: "Christ died on the cross to fulfill the demands of justice. We are all sinners and Christ paid our price so the law of justice is satisfied. What Christians believe we will receive is mercy.

    I learned long ago not to hate those I arrested. When circumstances merited it, I granted relief (or mercy) to many illegal aliens. Most immigrants who obtain their status through adjustment of status in the United States violated our immigration laws at some point, if nothing more than staying longer than authorized. Justice demands deportation, but mercy permits adjustment of status instead.

    The officers in the various components of Homeland Security routinely face the conflicting task of applying justice and tempering it with mercy when appropriate. Illegal aliens who demand justice should get what they ask for, deportation. However, those who acknowledge their sins (being illegal) and beg for mercy, will be more likely to obtain public support.
    I made a mistake on the quote and needed to correct it.
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