Bloggings on Deportation and Removal

by Matthew Kolken

Why Does is it take Immigration Reform to Protect Immigrants?

I stumbled upon an article written by Laura Murphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislation Office.  Ms. Murphy provides a summary of the "highlights and lowlights" of the recent immigration reform legislation that has made its way through the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In reading the summary it struck me that the proposed Senate immigration bill specifically includes protections against the hallmarks of the Obama administration's deportation and detention policy. Such protections include prompt bond hearings for detainees, alternatives to the for-profit privately run immigration detention system, bars to racial and ethnic profiling by federal law enforcement officials, restrictions on the use of solitary confinement, and restrictions on middle-of-the-night deportations.

So let me ask you this... Why does it take a new law to protect immigrants from the discriminatory and abusive practices of the current administration?

For example, right around the same time that the President was on Telemundo telling the world that "the vast majority of [people being deported] now are criminals," Bertha Alicia Avila Medrano was arrested and taken into custody while driving to a family baptism with her three young daughters in the car. The children, Jennifer (16), Rosaly (9), and Xitlaly (5) are haunted by the memory of their mother being dragged away in handcuffs.  Ms. Medrano has been detained for six months in Eloy Detention Center, which parenthetically is the same facility where two immigrant detainees in three days recently committed suicide

So Mr. President, the 11 million undocumented immigrants question is why does it take comprehensive immigration reform for you to stop destroying families, and abusing immigrants with your castigatory deportation and detention policies?  

What is your excuse this time?  

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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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