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Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill

"This past summer, the "border kids"— tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid groups mobilized, Congress held hearings , and pleas...

Cubans Convicted in the U.S. Face New Fears of Deportation

"For Amaury Villa, who arrived here from Cuba more than 15 years ago and became a permanent resident, pleading guilty in 2012 to federal charges that he sold stolen prescription drugs was a difficult choice. But there was one positive aspect: Unlike most foreign citizens convicted of serious crimes...

Immigrants Worry They'll Face Deportation After Deferred Action Delay

"Bryan Johnson ... argued that his client was eligible for Obama's deferred action program for parents, which temporarily protected Ayala from deportation until the Texas court ruling put the program on hold. Now, Johnson says he's not sure what will happen during their next appointment...

ICE Not Consistent in Application of Deportation Guidelines

"In a statement, ICE said the new deportation guidelines "remain in full force and effect" and that the federal judge's order clearly stated that the injunction didn't affect them. The agency said it has conducted a series of mandatory training for all ICE personnel as well as...

ICE Deportation Flights Wasting Millions

"ICE Air operated charter flights with empty seats and could have realized cost savings up to $41.1 million upon determining optimum flight capacity." - DHS OIG, Apr. 9, 2015 .

China, US to Streamline Repatriation

"China and the United States agreed to coordinate efforts to send suspected corrupt Chinese officials back to the mainland and speed up deportation proceedings involving Chinese nationals in the US. Both sides have agreed to streamline the repatriation process as a result of a meeting last week...

No Papers? It's the Kids Who Suffer (Op-Ed)

"At least one of every 15 children living in the United States has an unauthorized parent, and nearly all of those children are native-born United States citizens. Think of that statistic, one in 15, the next time you drive by a school or a playground. Think of those children living with the knowledge...

Removing Insecurity: How American Children Will Benefit from DAPA

"More than five million American children — U.S. citizens or legal immigrants eligible for citizenship — will be the most important beneficiaries of the executive action on immigration issued by President Obama in November. The great majority, nearly 4.5 million, are native-born Americans;...

Supporters Aim To Protect Adult Adoptees From Deportation: NPR

"STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Let's meet some people left behind by changing rules of adoption. This story involves some of the thousands of people adopted from abroad into the United States. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: When adoptive parents bring home kids from many countries, the children become U.S...

A Price Too High: US Families Torn Apart by Deportations for Drug Offenses

"This 93-page report documents how the US regularly places legal residents and other immigrants with strong ties to US families into deportation proceedings for drug offenses. Often, those offenses are decades old or so minor they resulted in little or no prison time. Deportations after convictions...

The Price For Deporting an American Child? $32K (Ruiz v. USA)

AIC writes - "Some say the wheels of justice turn slowly; however, when justice is finally delivered it is sweet. After more than two years of litigation, the U.S. government has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by Leonel Ruiz on behalf of his minor daughter, alleging that in 2011, U.S. Customs...

Mellouli v. Lynch Decision: You Can't Be Deported For Possessing Only A Sock

By Zelda Howell Moones Mellouli was removed because he was convicted of having drug paraphernalia: a sock, in which he had tablets of Adderall. But the conviction record did not identify what he had in the sock, and the state list of controlled substances does not match the federal list. So, was it...

MPI Report: Most Undocumented Immigrants Will Stay Under Obama’s New Policies

"Under new immigration enforcement programs the Obama administration is putting in place across the country, the vast majority of unauthorized immigrants — up to 87 percent — would not be the focus of deportation operations and would have “a degree of protection” to remain...

MPI Event, Sept. 21, 2015 - Left Behind: How the Well-Being of Children Is Affected by Parental Deportation

MPI - "Currently, an estimated 5.3 million children live with unauthorized immigrant parents, and 85 percent of these children are U.S.-born citizens. While the Obama administration has initiated some policies to reduce the impacts of parental deportation on children, they remain vulnerable to separation...

DHS Planning Deportation Surge in January 2016

Washington Post, Dec. 23, 2015 - "The Department of Homeland Security has begun preparing for a series of raids that would target for deportation hundreds of families who have flocked to the United States since the start of last year, according to people familiar with the operation. The nationwide...

Legal Representation Saves Lives - Study

"Detainees represented by the surveyed nonprofits won their deportation cases 83% of the time. This success rate stands in stark contrast to the results of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) study, in which detained individuals without counsel only prevailed 7% of the time."...

Deportations Stopped for 12 Immigrants Targeted in Raids

AP, Jan. 5, 2016 - "Some of the first Central American families targeted by immigration authorities in recent raids have had their deportations temporarily halted. Lawyers said Tuesday that they've managed to temporarily stop deportation proceedings for 12 individuals from four families rounded...

BIA Stays Deportations of Several Central American Families

Franco Ordoñez, McClatchyDC, Jan. 6, 2015 - "The nation’s highest immigration court has delayed the deportations of four families out of hundreds of Central American migrant adults and children rounded up in raids over the New Year’s weekend as part of a nationwide effort to combat...

Dems Blast Obama, DHS for Deportation Raids: Letter

Washington Post, Jan. 12, 2016 - "The escalating tensions between Democrats and the Obama administration over its deportation raids targeting Central American immigrants burst into public view on Tuesday, with more than 140 House members blasting the round ups and the White House dispatching a top...

Actress Diane Guerrero Speaks Out on Deportations

ILRC, Feb. 4, 2016 - "Actress Diane Guerrero, best known for her roles in “Jane the Virgin” and “Orange is the New Black,” is taking a public stance against politicians who are fueling intolerance with hate speech and rhetoric that target and criminalize the immigrant community...

Deportation, Inc. - The Industry of Fear

Gerardo Reyes, Univision - "For several weeks reporters from Univision Investiga travelled throughout the United States and Mexico in order to gain an understanding of how the business of fear mongering operates. They followed the path of an undocumented Guatemalan family through the labyrinth of...

LexisNexis Expert Yale-Loehr on Trump, Cruz Deportation Plans - The O'Reilly Factor

The O'Reilly Factor, Feb. 24, 2016 - "Are Donald Trump and Ted Cruz's strategies constitutional? 'The O'Reilly Factor' investigates. Stephen Yale-Loehr , John Yoo." [Cornell Law Prof. Stephen Yale-Loehr is the co-author of LexisNexis' Immigration Law and Procedure...

Congressional Pressure Brings Stay of Deportation for North Carolina Teen

Anne Blythe, News & Observer, Mar. 20, 2016 - "The planned deportation of Wildin Guillen Acosta, a Riverside High School student, was put on hold Sunday to give attorneys a brief window to appeal an immigration judge’s decision from late Friday. Acosta, a 19-year-old native of Honduras...

Inside A Georgia Immigration Court, One Man Fights To Stay With His Family

Caitlin Dickerson, NPR, Apr. 28, 2016 - "Thousands of immigrants go through the Lumpkin, Ga., immigration court yearly. More than 97 percent of them lose and are deported. NPR follows the case of one man whose lawyer thinks he has a shot at winning."

Low-Priority Immigrants Still Swept Up in Net of Deportation

Julia Preston, New York Times, June 25, 2016 - "Deportations continue, thousands every week. In November 2014 when Mr. Obama first announced the protection programs, he also set new priorities for enforcement. Since then, immigration authorities say, their focus is on removing convicted criminals...