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‘Backdoor Amnesty’ Being Put Into Effect

In the rush of events we didn’t get to this story from Tuesday’s Houston Chronicle:

Feds moving to dismiss some deportation cases

Critics assail the plan as a bid to create a kind of backdoor ‘amnesty’

Aug. 24, 2010

The Department of Homeland Security is systematically reviewing thousands of pending immigration cases and moving to dismiss those filed against suspected illegal immigrants who have no serious criminal records, according to several sources familiar with the efforts.

Culling the immigration court system dockets of noncriminals started in earnest in Houston about a month ago and has stunned local immigration attorneys, who have reported coming to court anticipating clients’ deportations only to learn that the government was dismissing their cases.

Richard Rocha, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman, said Tuesday that the review is part of the agency’s broader, nationwide strategy to prioritize the deportations of illegal immigrants who pose a threat to national security and public safety. Rocha declined to provide further details.

Critics assailed the plan as another sign that the Obama administration is trying to create a kind of backdoor "amnesty" program.

Which, less we forget, was roundly denied – and even mocked – just last month. The uncovered DHS memo, which described something very akin to what appears to be no underway, was then characterized as some low level bureaucrats simply brainstorming.

Raed Gonzalez, an immigration attorney who was briefed on the effort by Homeland Security’s deputy chief counsel in Houston, said DHS confirmed that it’s reviewing cases nationwide, though not yet to the pace of the local office. He said the others are expected to follow suit soon.

Gonzalez, the liaison between the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which administers the immigration court system, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said DHS now has five attorneys assigned full time to reviewing all active cases in Houston’s immigration court

After all, this is a top priority. There are elections to be won. 

Gonzalez said DHS attorneys are conducting the reviews on a case-by-case basis. However, he said they are following general guidelines that allow for the dismissal of cases for defendants who have been in the country for two or more years and have no felony convictions

But whatever you do, don’t call it a ‘backdoor amnesty.’

Gonzalez said he went into immigration court downtown on Monday and was given a court date in October 2011 for one client. But, he said, the government’s attorney requested the dismissal of that case and those of two more of his clients, and the cases were dispatched by the judge.

The court "was terminating all of the cases that came up," Gonzalez said. "It was absolutely fantastic."

"We’re all calling each other saying, ‘Can you believe this?’ " said John Nechman, another Houston immigration attorney, who had two cases dismissed.

Attorney Elizabeth Mendoza Macias, who has practiced in Houston for 17 years, said she had cases for several clients dismissed during the past month and eventually called DHS to find out what was going on. She said she was told by a DHS trial attorney that 2,500 cases were under review in Houston.

"I had five (dismissed) in one week, and two more that I just received," Mendoza said. "And I am expecting many more, many more, in the next month."

Her clients, all previously charged with being in the country illegally, included:

An El Salvadoran man married to a U.S. citizen who has two U.S.-born children. The client had a pending asylum case in the court system, but the case was not particularly strong. Now that his case is terminated, he will be eligible to obtain permanent residency through his wife, Mendoza said.

A woman from Cameroon, who was in removal proceedings after being caught by the U.S. Border Patrol, had her case terminated by the government. She meets the criteria of a trafficking victim, Mendoza said, and can now apply for a visa

Everybody is Aunt Zeituni now.

In a June 30 memo, ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton outlined the agency’s priorities, saying it had the capacity to remove about 400,000 illegal immigrants annually — about 4 percent of the estimated illegal immigrant population in the country. The memo outlines priorities for the detention and removal system, putting criminals and threats to national security at the top of the list…

Even if this is true, it only shows that this is one aspect of the federal government that needs to be expanded. What if the police only had the capacity to deal with 4% of the burglars caught? Would we just let the rest go?

Illegal immigration undoubtedly costs our country more in the end than do burglars.

On Tuesday, ICE officials provided a copy of a new policy memo from Morton dated Aug. 20 that instructs government attorneys to review the court cases of people with pending applications to adjust status based on their relation to a U.S. citizen. Morton estimates in the memo that the effort could affect up to 17,000 cases.

Tre Rebsock, the ICE union representative in Houston, said even if the efforts involve only a fraction of the pending immigration cases, "that’s going to make our officers feel even more powerless to enforce the laws."

Which, of course, is all part of the plan.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “‘Backdoor Amnesty’ Being Put Into Effect”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Democrats love the back door. Most Democrats prefer the back door. In fact …. (never mind) …..

  2. Tater Salad says:

    Democrats will never get elected for the next 50 years after this happens.

  3. U NO HOO says:

    Fundamental Reform

  4. misanthropicus says:

    * Project: maintainig the left-wing, internationalistic, UN-coordinated control on the USA –
    * Objective: change the demographic composition of the USA –
    * Strategy: inject ASAP 13 million of foreigners with no sympathy and understanding for the ways, history and culture of this nation in the demographic tissue of America –
    * Status report: as of August, 2010, the project has advanced remarkably well; with the assistence of the Federal Courts, the INS, the MSM, ACLU, Amnesty International and others anti-American entities, the Arizona state will be just memory in a couple of years; California and Texas will follow soon –

    * Observations: Washington, New York, Illinois, and a few other mid-west and Northern states will capitulate in the same time frame –

  5. Mithrandir says:

    As soon as the states learn MICROSOFT EXCEL, they will figure out that if you put in a REAL social security number in a database, and cross reference that with every other identification document, and if there is 2 cases of using the same number……someone is going to prison for fraud.

    THEN you can let as many illegal immigrants loose as you wish, because they can’t get an apartment, driver’s license, social security money, hospital visits et. al. without permission from the database.

    We can see who wins the POWERBALL after a commercial break, verify our data at an ATM 10,000 miles away….but can’t figure out 100 Mexicans are using the same social security number?

    OUR STATES have the authority to monitor their own driver’s licenses……yet they do nothing!

  6. Natural Born Citizen says:

    The POTUS may be an illegal alien. Two seperate independant investigations have said BHO is using multiple SS #’s. The current one being a SS # designated for a Connecticut resident? So why does BHO have multiple SS #’s? And why is he using this one when he has no record of ever living in Connecticut? Or why did he start using this SS # two years after he started his first job? One PI said he may have as many as 15 SS #’s associated with him and his known alias’s. Sounds like the POTUS is a criminal illegal alien and needs to be deported.

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