Posts Tagged ‘ICE’

So sad, but true.

Francisco Castaneda died while being held in a deportation facility, after telling officials that his penis was killing him.. literally.  During his time in North Kern Prison in Delano, California, Castaneda made the claim to officers and his doctors that he needed immediate attention.  Mulitple times his doctors recommended that he get a biopsy of the growth, but the Chief Physician of two different locations in California both rejected the claims from their Doctors on staff.  Finally, when he officially got approval for a biopsy, he was released soon after without any treatment.  Within the next few days, Castaneda would undergo great pain, including the amputation of his penis, before dying like some sort of government trash dumped into the Gulf.

His family sued the shit out of the state, claiming that he died while on their hands, and that this could have been prevented had he the attention he deserved as a human being in the most prestigious fucking country in the world.. the US of A.

Luckily, his daughter will be getting $1.5 million of that money – and this case is now going against the Federal Government in April of next year.

Obama Administration Considers Bypassing Congress on Immigration Reform

by Marcus Stern ProPublica, July 29, 10:47 p.m.

The Obama administration, anticipating that Congress might not pass comprehensive immigration reform this year, is considering ways it could act without congressional approval to achieve many of the objectives of the initiative, including giving permanent resident status, or green cards, to large numbers of people in the country illegally.

The ideas were outlined in an unusually frank draft memo prepared for Alejandro N. Mayorkas, director of the federal agency that handles immigration benefits, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). The memo lists ways the government could grant permanent resident status to tens of thousands of people and delay the deportation of others, potentially indefinitely.

“In the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, CIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations,” said the memo, which was prepared by four senior officials from different branches of USCIS.

The 11-page document was made public Thursday by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who with six other senators wrote to Obama more than a month ago, asking for his assurance that rumors that some sort of reprieve was in the works for millions of illegal immigrants weren’t true.

“The administration has failed to reassure us that the information we were hearing was inaccurate,” Grassley said in a statement to ProPublica Thursday night. “This memo gives credence to our concerns that the administration will go to great lengths to circumvent Congress and unilaterally execute a back door amnesty plan.”

The memo’s release is certain to put the administration on the defensive with opponents of “comprehensive immigration reform” — Washington code for putting many of the estimated 12 million people in the country illegally on a potential path to citizenship. It is also likely to make immigration an even hotter topic in this year’s congressional elections, which have already been roiled by Arizona’s controversial attempt to use state and local police to enforce federal immigration laws.

Christopher Bentley, a USCIS spokesman, said last night that the agency would not comment on details of the memo, which he described as an internal draft that “should not be equated with official action or policy of the Department…We continue to maintain that comprehensive bipartisan legislation, coupled with smart, effective enforcement, is the only solution to our nation’s immigration challenges.”

Bentley said that internal memos help the agency “do the thinking that leads to important changes; some of them are adopted and others are rejected” and that “nobody should mistake deliberation and exchange of ideas for final decisions.”

“To be clear,” he said in an e-mail, the Obama administration “will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the nation’s entire illegal immigrant population.”

One of the memo’s most controversial suggestions is wider use of “deferred action,” the agency’s discretion to indefinitely delay the deportation of otherwise deportable non-citizens. “This would permit individuals for whom relief may become available in the future to live and work in the U.S. without fear of removal,” the memo said.

The memo acknowledges that granting deferred action to an unrestricted number of people “would likely be controversial, not to mention expensive.” Instead, it suggests that this option be used for particular groups, such as the approximately 50,000 young people who would be allowed to stay in the country if Congress passed the Dream Act. That bill would provide a potential path to citizenship for qualifying young people who complete a college degree or two years of military service.

The memo also says that standards for “extreme hardship” cases could be eased so “many more spouses, sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents” could seek relief without fearing deportation.

In what would be a reversal of a position held by the agency’s Office of General Counsel under previous administrations, the memo suggests granting green cards to large numbers of people currently in the country under Temporary Protected Status. That status typically is used to forestall deportation proceedings for large groups of undocumented foreign nationals when it would cause them hardship, such as sending them home in the wake of a major earthquake or hurricane or during a civil war.

Supporters of comprehensive immigration reform are certain to welcome any effort by the Obama administration to unilaterally open pathways to citizenship for many currently in the country illegally. But the draft is also sure to outrage immigration-restriction groups.

“The memo proposes 18 different ways for the Obama administration to essentially eliminate our borders through regulatory fiat and in clear violation of the letter and the spirit of U.S. immigration laws, which Obama swore an oath to faithfully execute,” said Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations for NumbersUSA, an organization that lobbies for tighter immigration laws and practices.

Darryn:

Wow, there seems to be two perspectives here.  ON one front, we have a group of people that work for the immigration department leaking memos about allowing several million people become legal citizens, and then another front of illegal immigrants getting arrested as we speak and on their way to deportation.

What is happening right now that can cause such disorganization among the people?  Why do we have to be filled with so much hate and disorder?

A memo released from the Senate to President Obama’s administration to tell Obama off about a possible idea like this: http://www.propublica.org/documents/item/congressional-letter-to-president-obama-on-immigration-june-21-2010

36 arrested in Arizona immigration sweep – KSWT: Local News, Weather, Sports Yuma, AZ El Centro Imperial Valley, CA |.

Associated Press – July 31, 2010 2:54 PM ET

“PHOENIX (AP) – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 36 people in a crime and immigration sweep, and six are suspected to be illegal immigrants.

Everyone arrested was stopped for traffic violations. The six suspected illegal immigrants were arrested on charges of failure to provide identification and eventually will be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be deported.

The arrests came after about 180 deputies and trained sheriff’s volunteers fanned out across metropolitan Phoenix on Thursday and Friday targeting traffic violators who may also be illegal immigrants.”

This is so fucking bullshit.  A fucking police force fanning across a metropolitan street, seemingly breaking some of the restrictions put on the SB 1070 by a federal judge.  People without identification getting sent to ICE to be deported?  Something better be done, fast.  I’m sure this will make national news.  Wow.  Please share your comments if you can, and feel free to subscribe to my RSS feed or by e-mail.

On Further Research:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7920386/Arizona-defiant-over-immigration-law.html

Mr Pearce last week pledged to take his battle against undocumented foreigners from the predominantly Hispanic barrios of western Phoenix to the marble steps of the United States Supreme Court, after a federal judge blocked the law’s strictest provisions.

“We are circling the wagons against the illegal immigrants who are responsible for a crime wave in our state and stealing our jobs,” he declared defiantly in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph. Adding a lawman’s metaphor to his cowboy comparisons, he added: “The handcuffs are coming out.”

And Mr Pearce escalated the explosive debate by calling for children born in the US to be denied citizenship if their parents are there illegally. That attack on “birthright” citizenship would require a change to the constitution, but has growing support among conservatives.

The judge’s partial injunction suspended a requirement on police to check individuals’ immigration status during routine stops if they were suspected of being in the US illegally – and Jan Brewer, Arizona’s Republican governor, filed an immediate appeal against it.

So it really looks like the Arizona police forces are doing what they were prohibited from doing.  What a shame… I expected better from a state government.

Wow, look at how big these beds are!

By Kevin Sieff

Washington Post Staff Writer

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The largest immigrant detention center in the mid-Atlantic will soon open in Prince Edward County, an effort to accommodate Virginia’s unprecedented surge in detentions of illegal immigrants picked up on criminal charges.

The $21 million, privately run center will house up to 584 immigrant detainees when it opens its doors. Over the next year, it might grow to hold 1,000 prisoners, most of them snagged by the federal government’s growing Secure Communities program, which aims to find and deport criminal illegal immigrants.

Last month, Virginia became the second state, after Delaware, to implement the program statewide, requiring jails and prisons to screen prisoners by immigration status and check their fingerprints against the country’s immigration database.

The immigration debate has grown increasingly polarized, and the Secure Communities program has become a symbol of that division. John T. Morton, head of ICE, calls it the agency’s attempt to “secure the nation and protect public safety.” But many immigrant advocates, including Enid Gonzalez, a lawyer at CASA of Maryland, say the program “claims to keep violent criminals off the streets, but instead it’s just incarcerating innocent busboys.”

via Immigrant detention center in Va. would be mid-Atlantic’s largest.

So, a giant detention facility made especially for illegal immigrants.  This will create over 300 jobs in the area, nice… nice.  I am so sick of this bullshit and rhetoric behind these sorts of institutions, making it look really good to have this facility, when in reality there are bound to be some major problems with putting people who come from all these different cultures together in one place – oh wait, that’s America.

We don’t need to be wasting our taxdollars and time on specialized institutions for this purpose.  Does the need to have separate facilities from our prisons for ‘wrong-doing’ illegal immigrants indicate that there is a problem with our current prison system, or that maybe these new institutions are greater than or less than our current prison system?

Imagine the types of people that will be put together within this facility… if ICE can easily be blamed for capturing non-offensive ‘illegal-immigrants,’ by multiple media and social outlets, does this mean that we will be having major offenders alongside non-major offenders?  Where will the children go in this case?

As I learn more information about this facility, I will keep you posted.

By Patrik Jonsson, Staff writer / July 10, 2010

Atlanta

By approving Attorney General Eric Holder’s lawsuit against Arizona and its tough new illegal immigration law, President Obama has set course into a political hurricane that some political analysts say could ultimately undermine comprehensive immigration reform, at least in the short-term.

“I think they actually believe that, in a righteous, lawyerly way, the federal government had to step forward and assert federal authority here,” Tamar Jacoby, president of ImmigrationWorks USA, a pro-business group that opposes the law, tells Dan Nowicki of the Arizona Republic newspaper. “But I also think it’s a pretty naked play for Latino voters. To me, it was a risky and troubling move.”

Mr. Holder on Tuesday filed suit saying the Arizona law preempts federal authority over immigration, although the law itself – which takes effect July 29 – repeatedly cites federal immigration law as its basis.

via Arizona immigration lawsuit: Obama sails into a political storm – CSMonitor.com.

First of all, in response to the picture above:

  • “What part of illegal don’t you understand?”  I’ll go ahead and answer here that it appears that you are the ignorant one who ‘don’t’ understand the concept of illegal.  Treating people like garbage because you feel like your own rights and space have been intruded on.. shame on you!  NEWS FLASH: You are here because someone defied that same idea!
  • “Illegal is a crime!” Look, I’m sorry that you skipped church today to make your sign… but it’s vague and it SUCKS!

Yeah, that Eric Holder guy is a real piece of work!  Sticking up for all those millions of people like that. : – )  I find it pretty funny that the one time that our federal government stands up for individual rights and civil rights, even when the majority of the public is against them, is for this immigration battle.  HOWEVER, I am extremely glad and proud that something is being done about SB-1070, because someone had to go in and show them who’s boss.

For more information on SB-1070 (more like the actual Bill itself), please visit this link: http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070s.pdf.