Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Some background on deportation

Warning: Get ready for some alphabet soup acronyms.

In rough numbers, The United States has a list of approximately 550,000 illegal aliens who have been ordered deported.  In a good year we find and deport about 40,000 of them.  We also add to the list each year, so there isn’t much net gain going on.

The agency in charge of making decisions on deportations is the Executive Office for Immigration Review, or EOIR.

Of course, one may appeal the decision to the BIA, aka Board of Immigration Appeals.

If you’d like, the structure and process are explained here: http://www.justice.gov/eoir/press/2010/EOIRataGlance09092010.htm

The entire process is under the umbrella of the United States Department of Justice, Eric Holder’s responsibility.

The EOIR is so concerned that many illegal aliens do not have legal representation that they set up free training for lawyers who wish to represent them pro bono.

Here are a couple of tidbits relating to the deportation situation.  During the final days of the 2008 presidential campaign a woman by the name of Zeituni Onyango was detected as an illegal alien living in subsidized housing ( I thought that’s not supposed to happen) in Massachusetts.

Onyango is Obama’s aunt.  In the fallout, George W Bush declared it was not to be made a campaign issue and told Homeland Security to screen all deportees for any political connection and avoid any reprisal actions.  At the same time Obama denied that he even knew she was in the United States or illegal.

The First Aunt’s story is an interesting one.  She came to the United States on a visa in 2000.  In 2002 she sought asylum from Kenya.  She went through a two year appeals process (see EOIR and BIA above) and was ordered deported.  She had her day in court (actually several of them) and lost her case.

Zeituni’s actions after that are typical.  She was issued a deportation order…and disobeyed it.  Actually, the number of people who actually show up for their deportation is in the single digits.

In the summer of 2008, Bush tried to coax people to comply by rolling out Operation: Scheduled Departure.  He invited the 457,000 non-violent illegal aliens with run letters to step out of the shadows and volunteer to go home.  In return, they would be given a short extension to tie up loose ends and would not be prosecuted for defying the original order.

A whopping eight (that’s 8) people came forward.

Now, back to Ms. Onyango...
So, Obama’s aunt got a high-powered immigration attorney (Margaret Wong) to represent her after her exposure to the law in 2008.  It is unclear how a woman living in poverty in Section 8 housing can afford such legal representation.  Either the DNC paid the bill or Wong took it as a pro bono case. 

It took a couple of years, but the judge ruled that Onyango could stay and made her “legal” once again.  At no time did the judge even imply that her original deportation order was invalid or that the original judgment was flawed in any way.

Fast forward to the summer of 2011.  The Obama administration issues new orders regarding deportation for all those on the deportation list.  He orders the review of 300,000 cases and authorizes the issuance of work permits.  In short, he has changed the rules.

Through nothing more than a change in procedure he signals to the world that violent crime is a prerequisite to deportation.  Whatever happened to unlawful presence and the statute that calls for the remedy of deportation?

And how can he be allowed to undo all that due process already given?

Clearly, Obama has usurped power over the United States Code and past bona fide judgments by the DOJ.  He has done so without even presenting his case before Congress. 

The checks and balances, so vital to our system, have been trampled by the Obama White House.

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Now, let’s say Sasha and Malia are not coming to dinner when they are called.  Maybe they come about 10% of the time.  Otherwise, they ignore the rule.

Word around school is that Barack is a “mean dad” for requiring the children to come to dinner.  Some of Sasha’s friends have even sent letters to the White House.

The Obama solution?  Send cookies and candy bars to their room.  Meanwhile, the children of DC are starving.

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