Bloggings on Immigration Law And Policy
by Greg Siskind
June 19, 2010
A key development considering that they helped to sink immigration reform before.
A reader linked to this in the comments and it's worth bumping up to its own post. The New York Times' Nina Bernstein reports on a couple - a white US citizen woman and her Cameroon national husband - who have been battling to prevent the husband from being deported. Bernstein reported earlier in the week on the effective racial profiling USCIS is using to target mixed race couples in marriage-based green card cases - well worth reading if you have not already read the piece.
Caroline Jamieson wrote to President Obama pleading with the President to help with her husband's case. The White House forwarded the case to USCIS to check further and the agency instead forwarded the letter to ICE to pick up the husband and put him in deportation proceedings. The arrest was not a mere coincidence - the ICE officers specifically asked Hervé Fonkou Takoulo if he wrote a letter to the President. When he acknowledged his wife had, he was handcuffed and sent to jail to await deportation.
ICE claims it does not use letters to elected officials as investigative leads and it also claims to be focusing on criminal aliens. But it was not until the Times started asking questions that Mr. Takoulo was released (albeit with an ankle bracelet monitor).The fact that Mr. Takoulo, an engineer, was even facing removal is troubling. He applied for political asylum and was denied. He was ordered deported after that. He married his wife five years ago and ICE has the authority to reopen the case to allow for Mrs. Jamieson to apply for her husband's green card. The agency has so far refused and has not even considered the question of whether the marriage is genuine.
June 18, 2010
A new poll from ABC News shows a seemingly contradictory result. Nearly six in ten support the controversial Arizona law SB1070. That will make the Tea Party crowd happy. But the buried headline is that almost the same number support legalizing illegally present immigrants.
Why the seemingly conflicting data? I think it shows Americans want action on reforming what they perceive is a broken immigration system. Americans are not anti-immigrant just because many support SB1070. They are upset that Congress and the President have refused to deal with immigration and are giving credit to states taking matters in to their own hands. Where the antis are off is assuming that Americans want to get rid of immigrants. They don't. They want to get rid of illegal immigration which is very different.
It looks like this was an inadvertent statement of the President's plans before it was formally announced by the Justice Department. Secretary of State Clinton told an Ecuadoran television station:
Predictably, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is upset as is J.D. Hayworth, the anti-immigrant candidate trying to replace John McCain as Arizona's Senator.
Here's today's chutzpah winner:
Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at email@example.com.
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