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UPDATE on Hector Nolasco: Your calls are working! Hector is out of detention on bond and back with his family. But he's still fighting to close his case. Here's a way to help.UPDATE on Hector Nolasco: Your calls are working! Hector is out of detention on bond... more
I am calling in support of Ruth Montaño, Case No. A205 763 399 and ask that her deportation case be dropped. She is a low priority deportation, she has no criminal record. She has 3 U.S. citizen children.
Call ICE 202.732.3000 and tell them: Stop the deportation of Ruth Montaño-Granados (A205 763 399)I am calling in support of Ruth Montaño, Case No. A205 763 399 and ask that her... more
You saw the Senate's hearing on immigration, but did you see the beautiful faces of the 300 immigrants who showed up?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AQgXDiVGJYYou saw the Senate's hearing on immigration, but did you see the beautiful faces... more
There's a lot of talking heads deconstructing the speech and what it means for immigration reform right now. Here's a family who knows exactly what it means!
http://www.mycuentame.org/stateoftheunionThere's a lot of talking heads deconstructing the speech and what it means for... more
Under the executive order from President Obama, the young people of illegal immigrants who have been here for a certain amount of time can apply for a deferment of deportation. Under this ruling, young people with a high school diploma or military service can stay in the United States and work. WHACKO-TV called on its legal eagle Tony Facovia to explain what this ruling means and the impact it will have on all of us. Only Tony can shed light on a brightly lit topic and blind you with his logic.Under the executive order from President Obama, the young people of illegal immigrants... more
GREEK PURGE! Thousands of illegal (mostly Muslim) aliens rounded up and readied for deportation
The Greek office of the UN High Commission for refugees said that while Greece has the right to carry out checks on immigrants, it must ensure that vulnerable groups do not suffer.
Spokesman Petros Mastakas said: ‘It is very difficult for Muslim (entitlement whores) to apply for protected status, and we are concerned that among those arrested there may be people who want protection but were unable to submit their requests because access to the relevant authorities is practically impossible.’GREEK PURGE! Thousands of illegal (mostly Muslim) aliens rounded up and readied for... more
When the dust settles POTUS's announcement today will be seen to have more to do with the electorate than with the issue of immigration.When the dust settles POTUS's announcement today will be seen to have more to do... more
Do you know what is "Human Trafficking"? It is an example crime of modern day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor.
Are you familiar with the "Florida 15 case" or known as "F15"? It is a group of 15 Filipino workers that were recruited by the San Villa Ship Management Corporation between 2008-2009 to work at the W Hotel in Miami, Florida, as housekeepers and managers. On March 15, 2011, they all came together to form this group as the victims of labor trafficking.Do you know what is "Human Trafficking"? It is an example crime of modern... more
Why this is Important
Twenty asylum-seeking Kurds, who are facing persecution and possible execution in Iran, have gone on hunger strike in a tent in Stockholm in protest of the Swedish Migration Board’s decision to have them deported. The men, women and children went on strike on the 20th of September - five days later the strike turned into a hunger strike. They are political activists who have worked hard for human rights and for introducing democracy in Iran. As a result of their activities and their membership in various Kurdish political parties, they were forced to flee Iran and take refuge in Sweden. Despite having been in the country for the past 1-8 years, and despite having photos and documents from the Nations High Commissioner for Refugees that confirm the obvious threat to their lives, the Migration Board has rejected their applications to stay in Sweden. In the mean time, their condition is deteriorating for every hour that passes - five men have already collapsed from hunger and been taken to the hospital, and another has sewn his lips shut. Before doing so he had stated:
“I am not treated as a human being. Most of us here have the same problem. The Migration Board does not understand our situation, they refuse to listen. We want to know why we have been refused a residence permit. Everybody here would rather die of starvation than be sent back.”
“We have begged and shouted, but the Migration Board has not listened. Now we will silence our voices, perhaps then they will listen”.
Graphic images cover the exterior of the tent, including a photo of a Kurdish teacher in Iran, Farzad Kamangar, surrounded by some twenty children. One of the refugees explains that Farzad was executed three months ago for having taught the children to read and speak Kurdish. Another picture shows Shirin Alanholi who was killed because she wanted freedom and democracy in Iran.
The Iranian regime’s new directives under Article 7 of the Iranian Penal code, namely the detention and prosecution of political refugees who return to Iran, mean that anyone who has applied for asylum on political grounds can be prosecuted. A spokesperson at the Migration Board would not comment on individual cases but said that they are aware of the hunger strike. “With regard to Iran specifically, it is about half of all applicants that are granted a residence permit. We are trying to lean towards granting residence permits”. Sweden has repeatedly made unlawful deportations. Only last year, a European Court in Strasbourg ruled that Sweden’s deportation of an Iranian was in violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Sweden must stop deporting asylum-seeking refugees to Iran !Why this is Important Twenty asylum-seeking Kurds, who are facing persecution and... more
Bradford Wells And Anthony John Makk, San Francisco Gay Married Couple, Split By Deportation (UPDATED)This is very sad that this couple can not remain living in America.
Katja Reinhardt, a student from Germany and WORLDbytes reporter, investigates the impact of the points based immigration system on international students. She hears from campaigners, students and professors who tell of scandalous stories of university staff being pushed to become border agents and maintain surveillance of overseas students; treating them as criminals.Katja Reinhardt, a student from Germany and WORLDbytes reporter, investigates the... more
In his last report, Lord Carlile said rulings from the European Court of Human Rights meant it was difficult to remove dangerous people and as a result the UK has become a "safe haven" for foreign terrorism suspects.
He said the UK was relying on foreign states' assurances about the treatment of suspects that judges may not accept.
He also said the political debate over replacing control orders had been "poorly informed" at times.
In his sixth annual report, Lord Carlile, a QC and Liberal Democrat peer, said that the UK had failed to persuade the European Court that the risk of ill-treatment faced by a detainee in his home country had to be balanced with the threat posed to the UK's national security.
He continued, "I support the proposals in the counter-terrorism review that the government should pursue deportation arrangements with more countries. I support very strongly efforts to pursue verifiable assurances for named individuals, in relation to countries with which there is no generic agreement. In addition, I suggest that my successor should be commissioned to provide an annual independent report on deportations in terrorism cases, and the monitoring/verification of their situation after deportation."
Immigration Minister Damian Green has said that Lord Carlisle may have "overstated" the case but there was a balance to be struck between allowing people freedoms and protecting them from "evil people".
Amnesty International said Lord Carlile's suggestion of a "safe haven" was "outrageous". The charity's UK director, Kate Allen, said: "The global ban on deporting people to countries where they're at risk of torture exists for a very good reason - to protect us all from the threat of being tortured."In his last report, Lord Carlile said rulings from the European Court of Human Rights... more
by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week that it had broken its own record for deportations, affirming the Obama administration’s zeal for heavy-handed immigration enforcement. According to the announcement, deportations have increased by 70 percent since the Bush administration, totaling 392,000 in fiscal year 2010.
While the agency hailed this figure as a victory, others are taking a step back to examine the huge political, financial, and human costs associated with this administration’s unapologetic and tough approach to immigration.
The human costs
DHS’s efforts have resulted in the deportations of 195,772 convicted criminals in 2010 alone—perhaps a cause for celebration, or at least relief, to the scores of Americans who buy into the immigrant-as-criminal narrative. But things are less clear-cut with regard to the remaining 196,228 non-criminal individuals deported this year.
While many of those individuals were undoubtedly swept up during border crossings—spending a relatively short spell in detention before being deported—many others were just as certainly legal residents woefully caught in the “deportation dragnet.”
Shahed Hossain, a Bangladeshi immigrant and legal permanent resident of the U.S., is one such individual. Seth Freed Wessler, writing for ColorLines, brings to light Hossain’s tragic—and arguably preventable—story.
The 21-year-old, self-identified Texas was stopped by border guards during a day trip to Mexico because he has brought his Bangladeshi passport instead of his green card. When an officer asked him if he was a citizen, Hossain initially misspoke and said yes, before immediately correcting himself and informing the guard that he was actually a legal resident. Though the officer verified Hossain’s status, another officer took over and initiated a chain of events that resulted in Hossain’s immediate detention and eventual deportation.
At issue was Hossain’s inadvertent—and promptly corrected—claim of citizenship, which has been a federal crime since 1996. Though not meant to target green card holders like Hossain, the broad and indiscriminate application of the law has swept up all manner of non-citizens.
Wessler notes that President Obama’s enforcement-focused immigration strategy has only exacerbated a problem decades into the making:
…The Obama administration is predetermining the fate of hundreds of thousands more. In March, a leaked ICE memo confirmed that the agency had set quotas for deportation: 400,000 this year. After the leak, ICE Director John Morton denied that the quotas actually exist. Regardless, the agency is on track to meet its alleged target. […]
The Obama administration is nonetheless staying the course, refusing to take administrative action to slow deportations or to pick a fight over a broader reform bill.
Hossain’s story is not unique, but representative of a growing population of immigrants unexpectedly and unfairly targeted by misguided and overreaching immigration control tactics.
The financial costs
Elise Foley at the Washington Independent summed up the financial costs of rising deportation numbers and found that we spent about $9.2 billion on deportations in fiscal year 2010 alone—at an average cost of $23,480 per deportee. Here’s the breakdown, via a Center for American Progress report:
Legal processing: $817
Foley notes that the expense may be justifiable if we’re actually deporting criminals whose long-term incarcerations would cost significantly more.
But, as Antonieta Cádiz points out at New America Media, slightly more than half of people deported in 2010 were not criminals—and of those who were broadly classified as “convicted criminals,” nearly 50,000 were only convicted of minor offenses like traffic violations. And it’s rather difficult to justify spending $23,480 on the deportation of an immigrant guilty of nothing more than a traffic violation.
The political costs
When the Obama administration decided that heavy immigration enforcement should precede comprehensive immigration reform, it didn’t expect the decision to alienate Latino voters.
But according to the American Prospect’s Adam Serwer, the administration’s enforcement push, coupled with a lack of comprehensive reform, has compromised the Latino electorate’s projected allegiance to the Democratic party:
Having won the presidency — and 67 percent of the Hispanic vote — in part on the promise of immigration reform, Barack Obama has yet to put his feet on the starting blocks. In the meantime, his administration has doubled down on aggressive enforcement policies, ramping up border security and increasing deportations. […] The Obama administration finds itself trapped. Hoping to create the political conditions for reform, it has amassed a record of strict enforcement, deporting more immigrants in 2009 than at any other time in the nation’s history, even as migration decreased. […]
…But at this point the question isn’t whether immigration reform will happen. Rather, the question is, when it does, which party will get the credit and which will take the fall?
Serwer notes that the administration’s enforcement-heavy immigration strategy is an attempt to cater to the American public’s penchant for increased border security. Immigration enforcement has long proven popular with a large swathe of American voters because it assuages the public’s growing (albeit unfounded) fears that immigration fuels crime.
The immigrant-as-criminal narrative has worked its way into the psyches of many Americans, and is no doubt reinforced by the ubiquity of racially-charged terms like “illegals” in mainstream media. Some have speculated that the omnipresence of such language within immigration discourse has a profound impact on public opinion and policy. That possibility even prompted the Applied Research Center, publisher of ColorLines, to launch a campaign to “Drop the I-Word.”
To get a better idea of the potential political consequences of the I-Word’s mainstream ubiquity, we sat down with I-Word Campaign Organizer Mónica Novoa:
With just a few weeks until midterm elections, and the media abuzz with talk of a disillusioned and disaffected Latino voter base, the political implications of increased and indiscriminate enforcement efforts could be profound.
Deporting 392,000 immigrants in one year is monumental, but so are the financial and human costs associated with doggedly driving that figure upwards. And, come November, we may find that the electoral consequences of pushing such an arguably conservative immigration agenda are just as grave.
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Gamu Nhengu and her family are to appeal to the immigration tribunal against their deportation to Zimbabwe, according to their lawers.
Gamu's mothers application for imigration turned down by the UK Home Office and was told they must leave the country by their own accord. The news even echoed in the Scottish Government which they want the deportation order to be voided. Gamu came to fame on talent show The X Factor, but failed to reach the live finals, which has caused public anger.
Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5hDioAN3822gzdOsnlQ1U22meinUg?docId=N0136351286438870540AGamu Nhengu and her family are to appeal to the immigration tribunal against their... more
Bethann Hocine is a police officer who had been married to her husband for nearly a decade when he was picked up by ICE agents last year and eventually deported to Algeria. They decided that their four children would go with him while Beth stayed behind to sell their house in Philadelphia. From http://weareamericastories.org. Video produced by Jamie Moffett.Bethann Hocine is a police officer who had been married to her husband for nearly a... more
COLLEEN LONG Associated Press Writer
updated 7/6/2010 12:27:22 AM
The imam entangled in the investigation into a suicide bomb plot against New York City subway stations left the U.S. Monday on court orders after admitting he lied to the FBI. Among his final words on U.S. soil, his lawyer says, were "God bless America."
Ahmad Wais Afzali and his wife Fatima took off on a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight to Jeddah and then will go on to Mecca, where Fatima got a job teaching English, said the lawyer, Ron Kuby. Afzali, who was born in Afghanistan but spent most of his life in Queens, isn't sure what he's going to do there, Kuby said. Most of his family lives in Virginia, including two children from a previous marriage.
Afzali, under the terms of his plea April 15, was sentenced to time served — four days— but ordered to leave the country in 90 days.
Authorities sought help last fall from the imam, a previously reliable police source, as they scrambled to thwart the plot by Najibullah Zazi, an airport van driver who pleaded guilty in the case.
The 38-year-old imam said he had wanted to help authorities in the investigation of the threat but lied under grilling by the FBI about his phone conversations with Zazi. Afzali lied when he said he never told Zazi that he was under surveillance in New York.
'He genuinely loves this country' Afzali said that he never meant to aide Zazi or deceive the government. "It was not just something he said at sentencing, he genuinely loves this country very much," Kuby said. "Unfortunately he was caught in a turf battle between the NYPD and the FBI."
The electronic monitoring bracelet was removed at around 9:30 a.m., and then a caravan of family and two Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents traveled to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Two agents, dressed casually, accompanied Afzali and his wife to the gate and watched them board.
Afzali cannot return to the U.S. without special permission. If he does, he is subject to additional charges and could be deported to Afghanistan.
Najibullah Zazi and two friends were arrested in September 2009 before, prosecutors said, they could carry out a trio of suicide bombings in Manhattan. Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay have pleaded guilty and admitted planning to detonate homemade bombs on the subway during rush hour. A third man, Adis Medunjanin, awaits trial.
Zazi is cooperating with investigators, key developments that prosecutors hope will help them trace the plot back to its roots in Pakistan, where Zazi and former friends from high school allegedly traveled in 2008 to seek terror training.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38101445/COLLEEN LONG Associated Press Writer updated 7/6/2010 12:27:22 AM The imam... more
A 25-year-old gay Nigerian footballer has been deported by Austria to his homeland where he is reportedly "terrified" and living in hiding, reports LGBT Asylum News.
"Cletus U, deported by Austria 5 May on a Frontex (European Union agency) plane to Nigeria with 44 others (and 113 guards) despite mass protests in Vienna, has told a leading Austrian newspaper that he is now in the Lagos slums, living in a shed with five other men. He is terrified that his homosexuality will be discovered, particularly because that was the focus of his well-publicised Austrian case, covered internationally as well as on YouTube. His parents, who live in the Muslim North, where Sharia law is in force including the death penalty for homosexuality, now know about his sexuality. 'The police can come at any time,' he said, 'beat me, imprison or kill, because I am the way I am.' In the slums, he could not trust anyone. ... He only dares to venture out in the dark."
"Cletus was dumped in Lagos with only the clothes he was wearing when he was seized by police at a training session for the football team he coached 29 April and given €50. He couldn't take his mobile phone "to talk with friends" and, he alledges, when he was detained he was unable to shower and wasn't allowed to see either a doctor or his lawyer. He says he suffered a shoulder injury during arrest, which has persisted."
The oil-rich West African nation of Nigeria has been criticized by the United Nations for "serious" human rights violations toward its LGBT citizens. In 2007, the Nigerian parliament proposed extreme anti-gay legislation which has stalled under international pressure. In 2008 and in 2007, lynch mobs attacked groups of suspected gay men, killing at least one. There were no arrests.
Twelve Islamic states in northern Nigeria have introduced the draconian Sharia law that has sentenced several gays to death. These sentences have never been enforced.A 25-year-old gay Nigerian footballer has been deported by Austria to his homeland... more
In the country for 13 years, a loving mother to a handful of children, an asset to society -- all of that is in jeopardy because of the draconian immigration laws of the United States. One more question: does this music teacher really need a GPS slapped around her ankle?In the country for 13 years, a loving mother to a handful of children, an asset to... more
The Perspectives panel discuss Arizona's new legislation aimed at identifying, prosecuting and deporting illegal immigrants and the implications of its enforcement.The Perspectives panel discuss Arizona's new legislation aimed at identifying,... more