Thursday, August 18, 2011

Homeland Security's new guidelines: Focus on deporting the dangerous

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would put guidelines in place across all immigration agencies to ensure that its enforcement priorities are focused on removing persons who are most dangerous to the country.

In a letter to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and other senators who had requested that DHS consider deferring the removal of all DREAM Act eligible students, DHS announced that it would not categorically defer removal. However, it said that persons who were not high priority targets for removal would have the opportunity to request prosecutorial discretion on a case by case basis. Low priority cases include
  • persons who are not criminals and have been in the country since childhood, 
  • have strong community ties, 
  • are veterans or relatives of persons in the armed services, 
  • are caregivers, 
  • have serious health issues, 
  • are victims of crime or otherwise have a strong basis for remaining in the United States. 
DHS announced the creation of a joint committee with the Department of Justice that will review nearly 300,000 cases currently in removal proceedings and determine which cases are low priority and can be administratively closed. In addition, agency-wide guidance will be issued to ICE, USCIS and CBP officers to ensure that they appropriately exercise discretion when determining whether a low priority case should be referred to immigration court.

SOURCE: American Immigration Council


RealityZone said...

This was in our local rag here in Metro phoenix.

I speak to many Latinos where I work.
Not one will vote for O in 2012.
Needless to say, neither will I.

Billie Greenwood said...

The reactions from the pro-immigrant reform community range from A to Z on this announcement. Some people and groups are so bitter that they are unable to call these changes more than cosmetic, while others are "agnostic"--so to speak [eg."I hope we can believe this is sincere, but we'll see."], and others are enthusiastic and supportive.

RealityZone said...

The presidential campaign is already in full swing. :-)
He broke his promise to them, end of story.
He could have, and should have gotten it through during his first year.

The xenophobes will come out hard against this.
The Koch Klan Korporations do not want this.
They want the right to keep treating these people like their private slaves.
This is what every one keeps missing in this debate.
Big business does not want them to be human beings.

The Tealiban will be furious.
They forget that their hero [Reagan] had an amnesty program.

Why the so called American Christian Community does not come to the aid of the immigrants is beyond me.

If the Southern Evangelical Xtians stood at the pulpit and supported the immigrants.
Then real and immediate change would come about.
Instead they stand there silently passing the money basket.
Where is the Pope when you need him. LOL

RealityZone said...

Keep up the good fight.
It is better to die on your feet, than to exist on your knees.

Libby said...

I think I fall into the "agnostic" category...I want to believe it, but I feel like we've been burned so many times!

We'll see...fingers crossed!

Robert Weller said...

PUtting aside the humannity issue, this is the best way to use our limited resources. Focus on the dangerous, and make sure that includes the Internet.

Vicente Duque said...

NYT : The joint government of Nashville and Davidson County tortured a nine month pregnant lady, also during child birth labor and postpartum. The terrorized mom got a $200,000 award for the torture she received.

The situation was so brutal that the labor and delivery nurses were crying. Later, when she was taken back to the jail, she developed infections in both breasts because the officers at the Davidson County Jail (in Nashville) would NOT allow her to have a breast pump.

The arresting officer, Tim Coleman, was a local school board candidate who ran on "ANTI-Latino" and "ANTI-Immigrant" rhetoric in support of the 287(g) program.

Celebrating the 4th of July in Jail for driving without a license and giving child birth !

New York Times
Immigrant, Pregnant, Is Jailed Under Pact
July 20, 2008

Some excerpts :

It started when Juana Villegas, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was nine months pregnant, was pulled over by a police officer in a Nashville suburb for a routine traffic violation.

Juana Villegas and 2-week-old son in her lawyer’s office Thursday in Nashville. Mother and son had been separated for two days.

By the time Mrs. Villegas was released from the county jail six days later, she had gone through labor with a sheriff’s officer standing guard in her hospital room, where one of her feet was cuffed to the bed most of the time. County officers barred her from seeing or speaking with her husband.

After she was discharged from the hospital, Mrs. Villegas was separated from her nursing infant for two days and barred from taking a breast pump into the jail, her lawyer and a doctor familiar with the case said. Her breasts became infected, and the newborn boy developed jaundice, they said.

Lawyers and immigrant advocates say Mrs. Villegas’s case shows how local police can exceed their authority when they seek to act on immigration laws they are not fully trained to enforce.

“Had it not been for the 287G program, she would not have been taken down to jail,” said A. Gregory Ramos, a lawyer who is a former president of the Nashville Bar Association. “It was sold as something to make the community safer by taking dangerous criminals off the streets. But it has been operated so broadly that we are getting pregnant women arrested for simple driving offenses, and we’re not getting rid of the robbers and gang members.”

Mrs. Villegas, who is 33, has lived in the United States since 1996, and has three other children besides the newborn who are American citizens because they were born here.

So when Mrs. Villegas went into labor on the night of July 5, she was handcuffed and accompanied by a deputy as she was taken by ambulance to Nashville General Hospital at Meharry. Cuffs chaining her foot to the hospital bed were opened when she reached the final stages of labor, Mrs. Villegas said.

“I felt like they were treating me like a criminal person,” Mrs. Villegas said, speaking in Spanish in a telephone interview. The phone in her room was turned off, and she was not permitted to speak with her husband when he came to retrieve their newborn son from the hospital on July 7 as she returned to jail, she said.

As Mrs. Villegas left the hospital, a nurse offered her a breast pump but a sheriff’s deputy said she could not take it into the jail, Mrs. Villegas said.

“Whether this lady was documented or undocumented should not affect how she was treated in her late pregnant condition and as she was going through labor and bonding with her new baby,” Mr. Ozment said.