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Bloggings on Deportation and Removal

by Matthew Kolken

Largest Immigration "Sweep" in History Nets 3,168 Immigrants

And the deportation machine rolls on.

The Obama administration announced yesterday that they arrested more than 3,100 immigrants over a six day period.  It was called operation "Cross Check," and is the largest of its kind in the history of the United States.

Another record for President Obama.

It has been reported that more than half (1,691) of all of the immigrants detained have not committed serious crimes.

Here is the bottom line, the President needs to start telling the American public the truth that his administration has adopted a no-nonsense immigration enforcement strategy that is hell-bent on deporting as many immigrants as the system will allow.  If he would acknowledge this self-evident truth I would have a lot more respect for the man.  That being said, he needs to put an end to the persistent stream of lies that he is utilizing common sense enforcement strategies. Unless, of course, you consider it to be common sense to use the shotgun approach.

On that note, I have heard multiple reports that individuals that received deferred action under the Morton memo are having extensions denied.  Apparently the news coverage has gone away on their cases, along with the embarrassment to the administration.  Remember the golden rule, it is ok to deport an immigrant, so long as the T.V. cameras aren't rolling.

I'll post more on the subject when I am permitted to do so.

Obama Administration "Pleased" to Report that they Deported 46,486 Parents of Citizens in the Second-Half of 2011

Now I have seen it all.  The Obama administration just stated that they are "pleased" to report that from January 1, 2011, through June 30, 2011, they deported 46,486 parents of United States citizens. John Morton's congratulatory statement is front and center on page two of the report.

To be crass, what the hell is there to be "pleased" about?  Did they meet a quota?

The Applied Research Center has determined that there are now 5,100 children living in foster care that have been torn away from their detained or deported parents by the Obama administration.

The Immigration Court in Atlanta, Georgia has taken the crown deporting 2,249 parents of United States citizens.  I've appeared before that Court.  Needless to say, it doesn't surprise me.

I'll post the statistics for the first half of FY 2012 as soon as the Administration brags about their handy-work in another report.

And there you have it. Kinder gentler immigration enforcement at work.

More "Change" you can believe in.

Inquiries about the report may be sent directly to John Morton at (202) 732-3000, or to Peggy Sherry at (202) 447-5751.  I suggest that you give them a call if you have any "inquiries."


About The Author

Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).


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