Feds moving to dismiss some deportation cases

Feds moving to dismiss some deportation cases
Critics assail the plan as a bid to create a kind of backdoor ‘amnesty’
By SUSAN CARROLL
Copyright 2010, HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Aug. 24, 2010, 9:00PM

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Notes from Ruby:

My friends and fellow immigration attorneys in Houston, Raed Gonzalez and John Nechman, are quoted in this article which is affecting the Houston-area immigration community with termination of deportation cases.   There is no way this is amnesty because it just terminates their case, they are more than likely still living out of status with no work authorization unable to get insurance, social security numbers, and driver’s licenses in Texas.  They aren’t getting legal status, they are simply not being prosecuted for being in the US illegally. 

“It’s very, very key to understand that these aliens are not being granted anything in court. They are still here illegally. They don’t have work permits. They don’t have Social Security numbers,” Mendoza said. “ICE is just saying, ‘At this particular moment, we are not going to proceed with trying to remove you from the United States.’ ”

Within finite resources and comprehensive immigration reform still not in place, this isn’t a huge shock for those in the industry who know what has been going on.

This is great for the immigrants but also some might have had a strong case that would have lead to approval and legal status and it was dismissed.  There are some forms of relief for people who entered illegally only available through court.

“This situation is just another side effect of President Obama’s failure to deliver on his campaign promise to make immigration reform a priority in his first year,” said U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. “Until he does, state and local authorities are left with no choice but to pick up the slack for prosecuting and detaining criminal aliens.”

We need to remember it takes two parties and A LOT of cooperation to get immigration reform passed.  As I lobbied as an immigration attorney in the halls of Congress in March of this year, most Republican Members were against reform and were not compromising.  Congress needs to make it a priority and a majority of the nation needs to support it or we’ll keep our series of bandaids patched all over and continue doing what we’ve doing.

About the author

Ruby Powers

The child of a Mexican immigrant, Powers gravitated toward an international life by later marrying a Turkish immigrant. Having lived and studied in Belgium, Mexico, Turkey, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates, Powers speaks Spanish, French, and a hint of Turkish. With a passion for service and justice coupled with cultural understanding and an interest for immigrants, Powers dedicates her law practice to immigration law.

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