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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

DAPA Eligible Father of Four Scheduled For Deportation TODAY

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The following is courtesy of Houston immigration lawyer Amy Maldanado:

Just this morning, I received an e-mail from an Attorney with a DAPA eligible, non-enforcement priority client scheduled to be deported today by St Louis ERO because he has an outstanding voluntary departure order from June of 2012. He has four USC kids under the age of five, including seven-month old twins. The attorney filed a stay of removal yesterday and got the NILC involved in helping her contact DHS Headquarters about this.

When the attorney asked the client's ICE officer whether he knew my client was DAPA eligible and not an enforcement priority, he told her they're not following that right now. When she saw him in person as she filed the stay, she asked him if he heard about the President's town hall speech on Wed night, about how this scenario isn't & shouldn't be happening. The ICE officer told her again that they aren't following that right now. She asked why they're not following it or who they are following, and he said "the federal judge." She said that even if DAPA is halted, the enforcement priorities memo is still in place, and her client is not an enforcement priority. He said they're following some other guidelines. When she pressed him on why he's not following the guidelines set out by his Department's secretary, he told her that he's not the one who will decide my stay & they will get back to her.

Decision and/or imminent removal pending.

UPDATE: The immigration lawyer handling the case in St. Louis is Meggie Biesenthal. She has given permission to publish the original email sent to Amy Maldanado:
Hi, Amy.

I hope you are well! Nicole Cortes of St Louis' nonprofit MICA project gave me your information because I have a case where my DAPA eligible, non-enforcement priority client is scheduled to be deported today by St Louis ERO because he has an outstanding voluntary departure order from June of 2012. He has four USC kids under the age of five, including seven-month old twins. I filed a stay of removal yesterday and got the NILC involved in helping me contact DHS Headquarters about this.

When I asked my client's ICE officer whether he knew my client was DAPA eligible and not an enforcement priority, he told me they're not following that right now. When I saw him in person as I filed the stay, I asked him if he heard about the President's town hall speech on Wed night, about how this scenario isn't & shouldn't be happening. The ICE officer told me again that they aren't following that right now. I asked why they're not following it or who they are following, and he said "the federal judge." I said that even if DAPA is halted, the enforcement priorities memo is still in place, and my client is not an enforcement priority. He said they're following some other guidelines. When I pressed him on why he's not following the guidelines set out by his Department's secretary, he told me he's not the one who will decide my stay & they will get back to me.

I'm still waiting on a stay decision (last time a denial came at 7am and they put my client on a plane that day). If we get a denial, the NILC has suggested we start getting media involved to call & let the local ICE office know that they're watching.

Thank you so much for your time and this connection!

Meggie

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Updated 02-27-2015 at 11:15 AM by MKolken

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