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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-11 07:58 PM
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Rep. Gutierrez: DHS deportation announcement "an important victory for sensible immigration policy"
Edited on Thu Aug-18-11 07:59 PM by ProSense

GUTIERREZ CALLS DHS DEPORTATION ANNOUNCEMENT AN IMPORTANT VICTORY FOR SENSIBLE IMMIGRATION POLICY

"I am proud of the President and Secretary Napolitano for standing up for a more rational approach to enforcing our current immigration laws," Congressman says

(Washington) Today, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to an announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would review deportation cases based on newly-issued guidelines establishing which cases are priorities for deportation and which are not. The review of pending deportation cases and the instructions to all elements of DHS over how immigrants that meet certain criteria should be handled has come after months of sustained advocacy by Congressman Gutierrez, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, other Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, and determined public pressure by from clergy, advocates, immigrants, and DREAM Act students nationwide. The announcement by DHS will apparently make one of Congressman Gutierrez' key demands a reality: putting a halt to the deportation of young people who were brought to the U.S. as children and who are crime free and pursuing their education; in other words, those who would qualify for the DREAM Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives in 2010 but died in the Senate when only 55 out of 100 Senators voted to move the bill forward.

The Congressman was briefed on today's DHS announcement by the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) John Morton by telephone yesterday evening. The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez:


I have been vocal in my criticism of the President and his Administration over the dramatic increase in deportations on his watch and have traveled the country urging him to use his power under existing law to do what he can to help. This is the Barack Obama I have been waiting for and that Latino and immigrant voters helped put in office to fight for sensible immigration policies. Focusing scarce resources on deporting serious criminals, gang bangers, and drug dealers and setting aside non-criminals with deep roots in the U.S. until Congress fixes our laws is the right thing to do and I am proud of the President and Secretary Napolitano for standing up for a more rational approach to enforcing our current immigration laws.

Today is a victory not just for immigrants but for the American people as a whole because it makes no sense to deport DREAM Act students and others who can make great contributions to America and pose no threat. It is not in our national interest to send away young people who were raised in the U.S. and have been educated here and want only to contribute to this country's success.

I have asked ICE Director John Morton to come to Capitol Hill and brief Members of Congress on how this will affect their constituents as soon as Congress reconvenes. My Chicago office and Congressional offices across the country have been inundated with cases of DREAM Act students, military families, and U.S. citizens whose families are being threatened with deportation or who have actually been deported. Putting the new priorities into practice so that cases can be reviewed and getting the word out to caseworkers in Congressional offices, in the legal community, and to individual immigrants facing deportation is critical and time-sensitive and we will work with ICE and DHS on that immediately.

This action does not address all of my concerns, but it is the start of a process that will save many American families and individuals who deserve to live long and productive lives in this country. There are still U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents in families with undocumented immigrants who can obtain legal status under existing law, but who do not do so because of an unfair three- and ten-year penalty barring them from the U.S. if they apply. The rapidly expanding "Secure Communities" state and local enforcement program that undermines public safety and has caught tens of thousands of non-criminals in its dragnet remains a big problem. But today's announcement shows that this President is willing to put muscle behind his words and to use his power to intervene when the lives of good people are being ruined by bad laws.



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cheapdate Donating Member (197 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-11 08:07 PM
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1. I like the direction (could be a long road)
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Vattel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-11 08:42 PM
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2. This is a great change of direction for Obama.
One of my greatest disappointments in his Administration has been his excessive use of deportation. Now it appears he wants to go in the other direction, which is awesome.
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-11 08:47 PM
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3. Rec'ed up to 0. Why would people unrec this? n/t
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moksha Donating Member (345 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-11 09:59 PM
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4. I recced. This is a good thing, and I have not een happy with Oama's
immigration record. This is a good step.
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-11 11:39 PM
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6. I think most of us still think we're being lied to.
Their "kinder and gentler" policy has already resulted in over a million deportations.
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Philippine expat Donating Member (412 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-11 11:15 PM
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5. This will cost him a lot of votes he can't spare
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Lugnut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-19-11 12:59 AM
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7. K&R because it's personal.
My green card holding legal resident son-in-law was grabbed by ICE last year. He had a misdemeanor DUI that ICE was trying like heck to turn into a felony. He was held in a prison in the wilderness for nearly 3 months before he got his day in court. The judge threw the case out and warned ICE to not pursue any additional bogus charges against him for any reason.

It cost several thousand dollars to hire a competent immigration attorney for him. We kept up his rent so he didn't lose his home and his employer stepped up to hold his job and sent a letter of support to verify that fact to the judge. He has a job and a home. He pays taxes just as all U. S. citizens do. ICE tried to railroad him for no valid reason.
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rapturedbyrobots Donating Member (364 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-19-11 01:18 AM
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8. he got lucky
my brother had legal permanent residency. then ice came after him for 2 misdemeanors. he spent a few months in detention. at which point he was ready to sign a voluntary deportation just to get out of there. we convinced him not to....to fight it. we couldn't afford the lawyer. but my dad has worked in dhs for a long time (different dads). so, he looked back through the case law & found out that the courts had already ruled on a similar case and found that the specific charges ice was using are NOT deportable offenses. he took the brief with him to his court date. the prosecuting attorney agreed with him. and the judge took away his residency and deported him ANYWAY. just for kicks.

anyway...i think being a non-priority case might actually be worse if you're already in the system. just means you'll be there for 6-12 months instead of 3 before getting a court date. nice way to subtly push people into signing voluntary deportations though. i'm sure it looks better that way on the books somehow. maybe it will let obama claim ice is forcibly deporting less people just in time for the election year? because so far, deportations have been WAY up from the bush years.

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Lugnut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-19-11 09:06 AM
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9. My s-i-l had a great attorney.
The attorney wasn't cheap but immigration cases were his specialty. He also lucked out on the judge who ruled on the case.
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