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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Bernie Sanders Questions Obama on Immigration Enforcement

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Bernie Sander has written a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson questioning the Obama administration's Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), finding that the program has failed in its stated goal of supporting local law enforcement’s mission to promote community safety.

He writes:

As currently implemented, PEP is not accomplishing this goal. It seems that DHS has merely made minor stylistic changes to detainer requests and implemented those stylistic changes in jurisdictions that sought to limit their involvement with SCOMM. In remaining jurisdictions, it isour understanding that DHS continues the failed SCOMM program, albeit with a new name.There is little evidence that ICE is following the directives and priorities laid out in your memoranda, or that there is any oversight or accountability within the agency to follow the policies you established.

As a result, Senator Sanders has requested the following:

1. The names and number of jurisdictions that: (a) DHS has prioritized for participation in PEP; (b) agreed to participate in PEP; (c) currently contemplating participation in PEP;and (d) refused to participate in PEP. Additionally, please provide clarity regarding what participation in PEP entails, and whether it is limited to detainer requests or includes additional ICE access to state and local jurisdictions. Please provide copies of all memorandums and other records formalizing participation in PEP by all jurisdictions.

2. Please provide data regarding the number of requests for notification and detainers issued by ICE, broken down by month, state, facility name, offense seriousness level,enforcement priority level, from November 2014 to present.

3. Please provide information regarding whether an immigrant subject to a request for notification or detainer has physical access to the form while in custody, as well as a statistical breakdown of whether requests for notification/detainer are transmitted electronically, by paper, or by phone.

4. What training or guidance has DHS provided to ICE agents to understand and complywith PEP and other changes directed in the PEP Memorandum?

5. Please explain how ICE interprets PEP’s requirement for probable cause to issue an immigration detainer and what guidance DHS issued to agents on the use of the “special circumstances” exception? Please list the jurisdictions where ICE continues to issue requests for detention instead of requests for notification.

6. Please provide more information regarding Director Sarah Saldafla’s comments at the December 2, 2015 Senate Committee on the Judiciary oversight hearing where she stated that she is “currently considering whether or not it makes sense at this point. . . to expand 287(g) and the Secretary and [her] will be discussing that further.”

7. Please provide information whether ICE intends to comply with a March 5, 2015 FOIA request (2015-ICAP-00377) submitted by the Benjamin M. Cardozo School of Law, Asian Americans Advance Justice, and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network regarding records related to PEP. Please explain why the ICE FOIA unit has still not,nearly a year after the submission of the FOIA, provided the responsive records.

8 Please elaborate whether DHS plans on expanding the 287(g) program and whether that expansion would entail the resumption of the task force model, expansion of jail agreements, or both.

Click here to read the letter in its entirety.

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Updated 03-15-2016 at 09:39 AM by MKolken

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  1. DaveF's Avatar
    In this Obamas failing reign we have seen riots in the street, as unemployment is has become rife.

    Why is it low income Black Americans are unable to find a job; why is low income white American unable to find a job, why is low income Hispanic or Latino's unable to find a job, why is any low income citizens or green card holder cannot find a job, because the Republican establishment and Democrats in the hierarchy class have completely disregarded immigration laws. Many American and documented immigrants know full well that Obama has been pandering to millions illegal aliens. The majority of politicians are mainly interested in getting reelected and forgotten that they are in Washington to keep themselves available to the voter.


    President Obama has caused more damage to this country, by adding another 9 trillion dollars to the earlier federal deficit. His far reaching illegal executive order has not even placed a key in the lock of the wide open access to our border and millions have poured in from every point below the Southern border. With the Obama orders the US Border Patrol have been restrained at the border, as are the local police across the country that have low esteem, and are hesitant to stop anybody in any sector. From the highest levels of government a new directive makes it impossible for agents to carry out their duties.


    For decades the Southern border has remained poorly maintained and most of the sectors are nothing but a few strands of barbed wire. My own opinion it's a clandestine conspiracy between the two relevant parties, with a limited amount of man power that intercept a few illegal aliens. Former president George Bush made the effort to build 700 miles of double layer fencing, but that faded away. For the Republicans not to build a wall, it's to keep a daily ration of cheap labor for their Special interests who pay their way. The Democrats who are not barring any illegal immigrants, specifically families with children-- the taxpayer becomes the provider. As a taxpayer, a working taxpayer you must keep supporting CHEAP LABOR and who collects the profits, the business owners. Something over 100 billion dollars a year, that would fiscally support our senior Citizens and more aftercare for the Veterans who have been forgotten by both the Left and Right.


    The Democrat Hillary Clinton, the socialists as Bernie Sanders and the progressives will just leave a gaping hole in immigration enforcement and it's already proven that Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio was involved with passing Amnesty. Then there is Jeb Bush, John Kasich will pledge to end the illegal alien war, but that will diminish as time goes by. Other than Donald Trump he is the ONLY strong lawmaker to stand against Congress. He will not only has the tenacity to build a wall between US and Mexico where bribery is rampant, but Trump has the guts to throw out every illegal executive order of Obama and his lapdogs and put in that 1000 mile wall, to obstruct not only illegal aliens, but recruit a new army of agents along the border. When we are talking about Hillary or Sanders, they are just telling there audiences exactly what they want to hear, but have no way of carrying these issues out. Trump just tells his people exactly how things are, and doesn't try to present things that are impossible. Jeb Bush and the others of the establishment status will dance to the tune of their wealthy overseers and the Super PAC's


    As Trumps said the squeaks from the environmentalists about creatures unable to traverse the wall, will have no restraint on his construction; then from the point of view within the wall, more recruitment of ICE agents to end jobs going to unauthorized labor by raids on unworthy businesses who under the impression they are exempt from being audited utilizing Mandated E-Verify. Once companies realize that they can be fined or could even be incarcerated, they will start giving out pink slips; there will be a role for informants in every business nationwide to inform that illegal aliens are stealing the jobs from Americans and then the exodus will begin.


    Trump will also take on the Overstays that seems forever have come to America disguised as the Average tourist, businessman and never left after their visa expired. New immigration laws will convert the Overstay status, to another illegal immigrant and therefore can be deported or repatriate themselves.


    JUST KEEP REMEMBERING EVERY ONE OF THESE PERSONAGES WHO WANT TO GIVE THE ORDERS IN WASHINGTON ARE SUBSERVIENT TO THEIR WEALTHY DONORS, WHETHER THEY ARE A MEGA CORPORATION, A GIANT INDUSTRIAL MONOPOLY OR ANYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE HAVE A TUBFUL OF DOLLARS TO TEMPT ANY OF THEM...EXCEPT FOR DONALD TRUMP? HE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT NOBODY ELSE HAS BEEN ABLE TO BUY.
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