Showing posts with label Deportation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Deportation. Show all posts

June 8, 2016

In Sweden Two transgender girls risk deportation to Iraq

                                                                          transgender Karwan Sirwan
Transgender girls: Karwan, 22 anni, e Sirwan, 23.

 Transgender Karwan Sirwan
Karwan, 22, and Sirwan, 23.

Sirwan and Karwan are two transgender girls of Kurdish origin have fled from Iraq to seek asylum in the (civilized?) Sweden. But they risk being repatriated to the country of origin, place that will almost certainly condemn to a life of suffering, if not death.

Sirwan runs away from Iraq in 2012. It is pushed by her mother to flee, because for a male born girl is no longer safe to live in Arbil, Iraq's Kurdish city. The same father the threat of death, after being stopped by police for being dressed too "feminine" and forced to admit that he had a relationship with a man turkish. Also, it looks back on a gang rape story born of a kidnapping and repeated violence and harassment by unknown men who simply forced her to enter their car while walking down the street and then being able to rape.

Karwan also had to flee from their family of Arbil. After having participated in a talent show in women's clothes, her family discovered her and reached the television studio of the transmission, threatening to set fire to the local in order to avoid a new exhibition of his daughter. To the shame of having a transgender daughter, the family threatened to kill her, than to accuse her of the death of their mother, failure to an illness at the time. Karwan flees to Sulaymaniyah remaining hidden for three months, then make the trip to Turkey. Once he arrived on Turkish soil, the family of the new contact, reassuring her: this time it was not expected was killed, but only language mutilated and ears.

The two transgender girls, 22 and 23 years old, meet in Turkey after passing tough times like all migrants attempting to reach a European country. From their accommodation on a bench in a park, they decide to leave together for Sweden in September 2015.
Meet a smuggler who asks them € 1,500 to arrive illegally in Greece. Embark and their wrecked boat. While they are pushing in the sea with the few remaining forces to the coast seen four children die drowned.

The two girls make for political asylum for humanitarian reasons once you arrive in Sweden. The request is likely to be rejected, since the European authorities - and, consequently, those Swedes - they judged the northern Iraq as a safe area, so that is not automatically have to collect applications for asylum. Interviewed by, the two young men said they would be very dangerous for them to return to their country of origin, in the face of death threats and violence come from families.

This specific case highlights the commonality of the instances of struggle and ephemeral division that our Western society makes between different conditions: when it comes to LGBTI people, you do not think to migrants; when it comes to work, do not you think the right to health, to name two examples. The recent mobilization fueled by the debate about the inadequate and exclusionary law Cirinnà should teach us how people as such must be respected, help if in trouble and counted as one of us, whatever the conditions they are living. We must teach that alone do not get anything, you have to have the support of other people who have made a path - individual or collective - of self-consciousness and, to reverse roles, we must not fail to actively involve himself in the struggles in other .

The two transgender girls Kurdish are getting a warning: do not expect to be safe, to be better, to be lucky, do not sit on your results. Just nothing to become the last of the last, the fight is not over. Do not abandon us and migrants do not leave, please use the tools of your countries to save us. And finally, even the persecuted - Iraqi Kurds - are not immune from the atrocities: the division of the struggles generates cross-cutting issues.
Translated from French by adamfoxie and Google

November 13, 2015

Donal Trump’s Cost of Deporting Every Single Undocumented Immigrant

 Serbia American deportations

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to deport every illegal immigrant from the United States. The other Republican candidates say it can’t be done - one called it a "silly argument".

And the majority of US Republican voters disagree with Mr Trump: according to a 2015 survey by the Pew Research Center, 56% believe undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay if they meet certain criteria.

So who's right? And what would happen if US authorities attempted to carry out Mr Trump’s audacious plan?
A huge task
There are approximately 11.3 million undocumented immigrants in the US. Rounding them up and deporting them would present a huge logistical and financial challenge to America’s military, law enforcement, and border control agencies.

Cost of Deportation for  11.3 Million Illegal Immigrants in the US
Cost per person for deporting: $10.070
Cost total for deporting the 11.3:  $114 Billions 

[Center for American Progress] 

Mr Trump hasn't set out a timeframe for his mass deportation strategy, but a 2015 study by the American Action Forum (AAF), a conservative think tank, estimates it would take about 20 years to find and deport that many people.
Using good old-fashioned American school buses, that's 650 bus loads every month for two decades. Plus continuous operations from a variety of law enforcement and other government bodies - with all the cost that entails.
So how much is that?
Based on an analysis for 5 million people, the Centre for American Progress estimates that a mass deportation from the US would cost an average of $10,070 (£6,624) per person. For 11.3 million people, that’s $114bn (£75bn).

And that would cover only the basic operational costs - apprehension, detention, legal processing, and deportation. According to the AAF, the total cost of a 20-year mass deportation program me would be somewhere between $420 and $620 billion.

But we're not finished yet, there's still the impact on the economy. The AAF report, published earlier this year, estimates that undocumented immigrants made up 6.4% of the country's labour force - about 11 million workers - in 2014.
It predicts that deporting all of those workers would shrink the US economy by nearly 6%, or $1.6 trillion, by 2035.

That's not to mention the enormous potential for lawsuits and reparations claims filed against the government.
What about… society?

This massive deportation programme would have to be done with the support - or at least tacit consent - of the American people, many of whom will have lived or worked with, or befriended and loved undocumented immigrants for years.
According to a 2013 study by Pew, illegal immigrant adults had been in the country for a median of 13 years at the time the study was carried out.

Would ordinary Americans turn a blind eye while neighbours, colleagues and friends were rounded up and taken away? Or would it precipitate mass civil unrest? In 2010, Arizona introduced a law that allowed police to check the legal status of anyone they suspected of being an illegal immigrant, and 100,000 people hit the streets to protest.

 It’s been done before

And then there is the thorny issue of how this would all look. In an age when nearly everyone has a video camera in their pocket, could the military really round people up - young and old, entire families - and force them on to buses and trains? Would the soldiers have machine guns and dogs? Could the average American stomach those images, with all their attendant historical echoes?
Are there any other options?

The majority of US citizens - especially Hispanics, younger Americans and Democrats - support a path to either citizenship or permanent residency for undocumented immigrants.
Under plans first put forward by President Obama in 2014, about five million undocumented immigrants would be allowed to apply for work permits and eventually permanent residency.
Most of those eligible are undocumented parents whose children were born in the US and so are US citizens.

But Mr Obama's plan was initially rejected by Congress. Then in November his attempt to push the proposals through as an executive action was halted by a federal appeals court, leaving them hanging in the balance.

More from the BBC - Inside America's $2 billion immigrant detention industry
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Media captionUnder a federal law enacted in 2006, the US must detain a minimum of 34,000 undocumented immigrants every single day. The BBC went to Georgia to investigate America’s $2bn (£1.2bn) detention and deportation industry.

May 16, 2015

Deported for Putting Down Philippines } Free Speech a lesson not learn from US

This Thai man on handcuff was deported from the Philippines. Is he a murderer, thief or any kind of criminal? No, he was a worker in the Philippines. His crime was posting racist remarks about Philippines on FaceBook.
Koko Narak in handcuffs at the office of the Bureau of Immigration
A Thai worker in the Philippines was deported after he posted racist and anti-Filipino statements on Facebook. Many cheered the deportation but some also described it as an attack on free speech.
Prasertsri Kosin, known as Koko Narak on social media, angered many Internet users in the Philippines after he called Filipinos “pignoys”, “stupid creatures”, “low-class slum slaves” and “useless race in this world”. His insulting remarks went viral last week. Koko Narak was eventually fired from his job in Taguig City, located in the Philippines’ central business district.
The Bureau of Immigration also reacted quickly by issuing a deportation charge against the Thai national for “undesirability” over his offensive posts on Facebook. Koko Narak surrendered and opted for voluntary deportation. He was included in the agency’s blacklist, barring re-entry into the country.

April 5, 2015

Adam, an Adopted Am-South Korean at 6, Now 40 to be Deported


This past February, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers knocked on an apartment door in Vancouver, Wash., looking for a man named Adam Crapser. A 39-year-old former barbershop owner and auto-insurance claims estimator, Crapser was now the married stay-at-home father of three children, with another baby on the way. He lived a mostly quiet life, playing the guitar and ukulele, looking after a rescue dog and taking his children to the park and the science museum. But the ICE agents at the door were there to inform him that the agency was opening deportation proceedings that could send him to South Korea.

Amy Mihyang Ginther with her birth mother, Park Jeong-hee, at Park's home in Gimcheon, South Korea.Why a Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South Korea JAN. 14, 2015
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Crapser was born Shin Song Hyuk, to a mother described in his adoption papers as “Amerasian.” When Crapser was 3, he and his older sister were abandoned and ended up at an orphanage three hours outside of Seoul. A worker there noted that Crapser cried often, played alone and wanted his sister in his sight at all times. After five months, he was on his way to a new home in the United States, along with his sister and a handful of possessions: a pair of green rubber shoes, a Korean-language Bible and a worn stuffed dog.

The first family that adopted Crapser and his sister fought viciously and punished the children frequently; Crapser remembers being whipped and forced to sit in a dark basement. After six years, the couple decided they no longer wanted the children they had adopted and the siblings were split up. Crapser bounced between foster homes and a boys’ home before landing with a family in Oregon.

His new parents, Thomas and Dolly Crapser, had a house full of foster and adopted children, as many as ten at a time. Their punishments, too, were frequent and even more brutal than his first adoptive parents’. Dolly, Crapser says, slammed the children’s heads against door frames and once hit him in the back of the head with a two-by-four after he woke her up from a nap. Thomas duct-taped the children’s mouths shut, Crapser says. He also burned Crapser’s hands and once broke his nose when Crapser couldn’t find Thomas’s car keys. Neither Thomas nor Dolly returned my repeated phone calls to discuss Crapser’s account, but the state ultimately did charge the couple with dozens of counts of child abuse, including rape, sexual abuse and criminal mistreatment; they were convicted in 1992 on several counts of criminal mistreatment and assault, and Thomas was convicted on one count of sexual abuse, though he served just 90 days in prison.

When Crapser was 16, he got in an argument with Dolly over using the phone, and Thomas kicked him out of the house. He moved into a homeless shelter, then stayed on friends’ couches and, finally, in his car. Then, one day, he broke into the Crapsers’ home in hopes of reclaiming the few remaining bits of his past life in Korea: his rubber shoes and his Korean Bible.

Police arrested Crapser after he broke in through a window. He pleaded guilty to burglary and served 25 months in prison. Once he was back on the outside, his troubles continued. Not long after his release, he was found guilty of unlawful firearm possession. A couple of misdemeanors followed and, later, an assault conviction after a fight with a roommate. Two years ago, he violated a protection order taken out against him by an ex-girlfriend with whom he had a child, by trying to telephone his son. “I made a lot of mistakes in my life, and I’m not proud of it,” Crapser told me last week. “I’ve learned a lot of lessons the hard way.”

But recently Crapser has worked to get his life on track. He married, became a full-time dad and began trying to settle into a long-term job. The problem was that, legally, he couldn’t hold one. None of Crapser’s adoptive parents, nor the adoption agency that brokered his arrival in the United States, had ever bothered to file for his U.S. citizenship.

After years of fighting, he was finally able to get his adoption paperwork from Thomas Crapser and in 2012 applied for a green card. Those applications typically trigger a Department of Homeland Security background investigation, which in Crapser’s case turned up his old convictions — a criminal record that made him subject to deportation.

It’s a Kafkaesque episode: Crapser’s various crimes may have warranted the punishments he received, but deportation to a country in which he had barely lived? In fact, Crapser has company. No one knows exactly how many international adoptees in the United States don’t have U.S. citizenship; in some cases, adoptees don’t find out themselves until they apply for federal student loans, try to get a passport or register to vote. But at least three dozen other international adoptees have also faced deportation charges or have been deported to countries like Thailand, Brazil and South Korea.

Adoption experts in South Korea — the world’s top exporter of children for American adoption at the time that Crapser was sent to the United States told me they know of at least 10 to 12 deported adoptees in the country, including one who served in the U.S. military. In 2000, a 22-year-old Brazil-born, Ohio-raised adoptee named Joao Herbert was deported from the United States after he was caught selling 7.5 ounces of marijuana. Four years later, he was shot dead in the slums of Campinas, a city just north of São Paulo. According to a newspaper report at the time, the killers were drug-dealing teenagers who Herbert had sought to help smuggle guns in order to raise the money he needed to sneak back into the United States.

Congress tried to address the problem in 2000 by passing the Child Citizenship Act, which granted automatic citizenship to children adopted by U.S. citizens. But the law only covered adoptees who were under the age of 18 when it went into effect. The omission left adult adoptees vulnerable to an immigration law passed by Congress a few years earlier, which allowed the federal government to deport noncitizen immigrants who were found guilty of any of a wide range of “aggravated felonies.” Under immigration law, those crimes includes battery, forged checks and selling drugs.

With so much at stake for their children, why wouldn’t parents have filed citizenship papers? In some cases, outright neglect was to blame. But in others, parents didn’t understand that their children didn’t automatically become citizens when they finalized the adoption. Other parents simply put off dealing with the cumbersome paperwork.

One woman I spoke with told me that her adoptive mother, who had raised eight adopted children in all, died of breast cancer before she could file the application for her daughter’s citizenship. (To protect her privacy – she fears more attention from ICE – the woman asked me not to identify her or the country in which she was born.) In 2012, a few years after she was convicted of writing forged checks, ICE ordered her deported, and although the agency ultimately didn’t follow through on the order, it has also never officially closed the case, she told me. She now lives in a legal limbo, unable to get a green card or a driver’s license or to travel outside the country.  “If you look at adoption from a business perspective, agencies get money for the upfront work of placing children,” says Kevin H. Vollmers, head of Gazillion Strong, an advocacy and social-service agency for adoptees, immigrants and other groups. “So you have all this staff on the front end and just one or two providing post-adoption services,” including citizenship.
Whoever is at fault in any individual case, it is hard to imagine a more bizarre and cruel twist for adoptees who grew up in the United States. Deportation back to their birth countries goes against the story that children are often told after they are adopted, that they are living in “forever homes” with “forever families.” Many adoptees, especially of the earlier generations left out of the 2000 law, were encouraged to assimilate, to become “American” and leave their birth country behind. As Maureen McCauley Evans, a former executive director of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services, a nonprofit group that promotes adoption and other children’s issues, says: “It undermines the integrity of the adoptive family. These adoptees are genuinely family members, and then we have the government saying, ‘No, they are not.’”

He was awaiting his first deportation hearing, scheduled for this week on what happens to be his 40th birthday. “As I tell my kids, you have to pay the price for your wrongs,” he said. “I’ve done that. I’ve done my time and probation and followed the rules.”

Andrew Muñoz, a spokesman for ICE, says that although Crapser’s criminal history makes him potentially deportable, “ICE was not aware of Mr. Crapser’s childhood history” when it made the decision to pursue his case and would take it into consideration. Meanwhile, Korean adoptee groups, both in Seoul and the United States, as well as other activist organizations, including Vollmers’s, have been lobbying local lawmakers on Crapser’s behalf. They and other advocates are also pushing Congress to finally write an amendment to rectify the grandfathering lapse in the Child Citizenship Act; to both put an end to the deportations and to make all adoptees, regardless of their age, U.S. citizens.

“Lawmakers and the public need to understand that these adoptees were adopted by American citizens, were brought to this country legally, were raised in American society,” says McLane Layton, a former U.S. Senate staff member who helped draft the 2000 law and the founder of Equality for Adopted Children, an advocacy group. As Crapser’s lawyer, Lori Walls, of the Washington Immigration Defense Group in Seattle, told me, “Adam’s ultimately responsible for his actions, but at what point do we stop punishing him?”

As for Crapser, the narratives he heard for most of his life about what it means to be adopted in the United States have proved to be a lie. “I was told to be American,” he told me. “And I tried to fit in. I learned every piece of slang. I studied everything I could about American history. I was told to stop crying about my mom, my sister, Korea. I was told to be happy because I was an American.”

Maggie Jones is a contributing writer for the NYTimes magazine.

December 3, 2014

Raped and tortured Nigerian in danger of being deported

Becley Aigbuza
San Diego resident Becley Aigbuza is in danger of being deported back to Nigeria, where he was raped and tortured for being gay in 2008.
Aigbuza has lived in the United States since 1994 but on a visit to his aunt in Nigeria in 2008 she reported him to the police for being involved with a local man. He was taken from his aunt's house, locked in a cell and beaten up by the other prisoners when the police told them he was gay. Then he was taken out by three police officers and tortured and raped.
Aigbuza told human rights group EveryOne: 'After being forced to admit to them that I was gay, the police tied me up, burned my forehead with cotton wool soaked in acid and took turns sodomizing me with a beer bottle for hours. I woke up in hospital in Benin City with a dislocated shoulder, a broken hand, bruises and wounds all over my body and a mutilated testicle. I had been betrayed by my own family and cruelly punished just for loving a person of the same sex.'
By bribing a nurse Aigbuza managed to escape the hospital and Nigeria and fled back to the US. There, he contacted the Nigerian Embassy to report the abuse he had been subjected to. Aigbuza told EveryOne the Embassy official told him he deserved the treatment because he was gay and if he went back to Nigeria 'things would get much worse'.
In 2011 Aigbuza applied for US citizenship, but during the process the authorities discovered that he had applied for a credit card using a false name. Aigbuza told EveryOne that was 'the biggest mistake of my life' and said he was 'scared, dejected, depressed and without any support whatsoever' after his family disowned him and sent him death threats for being gay. The US authorities turned down his application for citizenship and started the process of deporting him back to Nigeria.
The hearing for Aigbuza's case is set for 28 February. EveryOne are appealing to the US state department, the White House and the UN to review his case and to save him from deportation back into the hands of torturers in Nigeria.
‘I’d rather die than face deportation,’ Aigbuza said. ‘What is more, my father and my relatives back in Nigeria have vowed to kill me, to cleanse “the abomination and shame I have brought upon my family by being gay”.’
Human Rights Watch World Report 2012 said that in Nigeria in 2011: ‘As in previous years, the undisciplined Nigeria Police Force was implicated in frequent human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, and extortion-related abuses.’ The report also said that Nigeria’s criminal code punishes consensual gay sex with up to 14 years in prison and in Muslim states applying Sharia law, homosexual sex among men is punishable by death by stoning, and by flogging and six months in prison for women.
Source: Gay Star News

July 16, 2014

US Deports Children, Women to Hondurans


The U.S. government's deportation on Monday of a group of Honduran women and children should be seen by Central America as a message that President Barack Obama is serious when he says illegal migrants will be sent home, the White House said.
The charter flight from New Mexico to San Pedro Sula, the city with the highest murder rate in the world, transported 17 Honduran women, as well as 12 girls and nine boys aged between 18 months and 15 years.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the return of the Hondurans should be a clear signal to those thinking about crossing the border that "they're entitled to due process but they will not be welcome to this country with open arms."
The return of the Hondurans was the most high-profile example of Obama's struggle to gain control of a chaotic border crisis that is overwhelming immigration resources and leading to scattered protests from people angry at the government for housing some border crossers in communities around the country.
Organizations working with illegal migrants and Honduran youths said the U.S. flight was largely symbolic and would have little impact on Honduran children looking to escape a country racked by gang violence and the world's highest murder rate.
"This is a problem about the country, about the conditions in the country," said Gerardo Rivera, a researcher for Casa Alianza, a youth organization in Honduras. "What they're looking for is to flee from dangerous situations, flee from poverty, flee from a lack of opportunities."
Honduran President Juan Hernandez on Monday blamed U.S. drug policy for sparking violence in Central American countries and driving a surge of migration to the United States.
Obama is attempting to balance competing interests: Reassure Americans that the migrants, many of them unaccompanied children who have streamed into Texas across Mexico's border by the thousands, will be sent home, while making clear to immigration advocates that they will be given due process of law.
Arizona protest
The White House's Earnest said Obama did not personally approve the return of the Hondurans on Monday. It was a decision made by the Homeland Security Department, implementing a policy  the president had set out, he said.
The tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrants entering the United States have added a toxic mix to a raging debate over whether to approve comprehensive immigration reform to cover some 11 million undocumented people in the country. Reform is a priority of Obama's, but it is dead until after November congressional elections.
Waving U.S. flags and playing patriotic music, dozens of protesters demonstrated in southern Arizona on Tuesday against the arrival of undocumented immigrants for processing at a center near the border before being returned to their homelands.
In a scene reminiscent of similar protests in California, about 65 demonstrators gathered at a fork in the road near the small town of Oracle to complain that the federal government's response to a surge of new arrivals from Central America was putting their communities at risk.
The government's return of the Hondurans could help reassure Republicans that Obama is serious about controlling the border as he tries to persuade Congress to approve an emergency request for $3.7 billion to bolster border security and speed deportation of the recent crossers.
The proposal has gotten a cool reception on Capitol Hill thus far, with Republicans blaming Obama for the crisis and wanting more emphasis on border enforcement before they give him any money.
Republicans want Obama to make good on his promise to propose a change to a 2008 anti-trafficking law to make it easier to deport the children. Under the law, children from Central America cannot be turned away at the border but must be given a hearing to determine if they qualify for humanitarian relief.
Many of Obama's Democratic allies oppose changing the law, fearing it would deny them the right to have their cases heard by an immigration judge and if sent home, could put them in danger from the criminal gangs that they had fled.
"This is not the middle ground, this is the deportation-only agenda dressed up in sheep's clothing," said Representative Luis Gutierrez of Illinois.
"The backbone and commitment to justice of the strongest and most generous nation in the world is trembling at the presence of 50,000 children and responding by taking away legal rights from vulnerable children. It is shameful," Gutierrez said.
But Representative Matt Salmon, a member of the Republican border security working group that visited Honduras and Guatemala over the weekend, said the best way to end the border crisis was to accelerate the return of unaccompanied minors.
“If we don't send that message through our actions not our rhetoric we will continue to have wave after wave after wave" of illegal immigrant children, Salmon said.

December 12, 2012

3000 American Vets Are Being Deported by the Time Xmas Comes

As millions of Americans spend the holiday with their families, up to three thousand American Veterans will spend it alone in a foreign land. I am not referring to soldiers on duty in a remote outpost. Instead, the reference is to immigrant soldiers who fought for our country and who have been deported as personas-non-grata, some of them suffering life-long injuries. There are deported soldiers who fought in Viet Nam, Desert Storm, Korea, and all of the major conflicts.  Fabian Reolledo (right) is one of those unfortunates.
The Mexican youth who came to the U.S. at age 13, a Dream Student, found himself an Army Paratrooper at age 23. Some say you have to be crazy to jump out of a perfectly operating aircraft, so the army prefers paratroopers to volunteer. They found a ready and willing volunteer in Reolledo.
The Recruiter promised Reolledo he would convert his status from permanent resident to U.S. citizen as soon as he took the oath to serve and protect our nation. It is a common promise made to immigrant soldiers who make up 10% of our military.  It is a promise that isalways broken. What recruiters don't tell immigrant youth is the Oath to protect this great nation with one's life is not the same as the oath one takes as a citizen.  That is what the government says, anyway.  In retrospect, with a 4.3 grade point average, the high school graduate would have done better pursuing non-military options. 
As a paratrooper, Reolledo found, Jumping out of airplanes is dangerous business.  The youth dislocated his hip with a jump into the Normandy Drop Zone. Shortly After recovery, he suffered a second injury to his back in Celerno’s Drop Zone.
If paratrooper duty was dangerous, Reolledo was about to step the risk level up a major notch.  He next underwent live ammunition intensive training, and training in mine sweeping, whereupon he suffered a third, more serious injury when a truck loaded with live rounds flipped.   In duty to God and country, Reolledo injured his neck, an injury he battles to this day.
An ungrateful nation informed Reolledo his oath to serve the U.S. meant nothing. He was not a U.S. citizen.  His probation for a simple D.U.I., a common problem for soldiers trained to kill and returned to society, prevented Reolledo from becoming a U.S. citizen. A later misdemeanor check charge which Reolledo insists is bogus, sealed his fate.  No matter, a single D.U.I. is enough for ICE to confer the fatal, danger-to-society status, under the ICE invented term "Significant misdemeanor" and institute deportation.  The concept of a "significant misdemeanor" only exists in ICE thinking with the same standards never applied to citizens.  
When local police officers acting in the stead of ICE  burst into Reolledo's home, terrifying his wife and child, the lead officer noticed Reolledo's medal for bravery.
“You put your life on the line for our country, son.” The officer said. “You are a hero”.
Then he turned to his fellow officers and said, “We have the wrong house.”
The officers left Reolledo with his family terrified and bewildered. Reolledo had dodged a bullet.  The officers' decision not to arrest was only a reprieve. Reolledo was eventually arrested and deported.  His ten year old son refuses to acknowledge the pain with tears, but his face tells the story, as he talks about growing up without a father.  
Today, Reolledo lives in Mexico near deported veteran Hector Barajas. Together, they operate a safe house for deported veterans in Mexico. The name of their group is called Banished Veterans.  While the U.S. refuses Reolledo the health care he needs for his injuries, one benefit will always be available.  After Reolledo's death, his body may be returned for burial on U.S. Soil, if the family pays for transport.
An estimated 3,000 veterans, many with active combat duty, will spend Christmas apart from their families this year, including Fabian Reolledo.  Others, like the Valenzuela Brothers of Colorado, who each participated in active, violent combat in Viet Nam, faced deportation proceedings and have been refused citizenship. That is a pretty poor recruiting poster for a country which presumably honors it’s veterans. 
What can you give a banished veteran for Christmas? How about writing President Barack Obama and asking him to issue a pardon for banished veterans so they can spend Christmas with their wives and children, Reolledo suggests.
Latino youths from Mexico are tough as they come. Reolledo recovered again, then in March 1999 was deployed to campdondsteel in Kosovo. It was ugly. Our military was trying to curb genocide from the Sloboden Milosevic's regime. The year 1999 saw over 230,000 civilians killed and 3,000,000 people displaced. 
After returning to the U.S., Reolledo sought psychological help for what he saw and did in the name of freedom. He suffers nightmares today.
Author: Tim Paynter

December 5, 2012

Hospital Trying To Deport Dream Student [on a Coma]

Author: Tim Paynter 

In a land where most people have far more than they need and where body fat rates continue to rise, some have been cast aside. Maria del Rocio Almanza Quiroz, just call her Rocio, (Roseeo)suffered flu-like symptoms on November 6th 2012. She collapsed six days later with a viral illness which invaded her brain. As doctors induced a coma to reduce brain swelling, Rocio could not know her life would depend upon the valiant efforts of her U.S. citizen husband to stop her deportation, not at the hands of ICE, but by the hospital staff charged with saving her life.
Rocio is a dream student, that is, the child of an undocumented immigrant.  Rocio's dream was about to come true. Rocio was to appear the day after she collapsed for her biometrics examination under a limited immigration program sponsored by the Obama Administration. The program allows youths who were brought to this country, often before they could form memories, to remain together with their families. Rocio made the trip to the U.S. at age three.
 (Above, friend Carmen Cornejo, who is a close friend of Rocio Almanza and compassionate writer)
Since undocumented immigrants don’t qualify for health care in many states, especially in Arizona, the hospital staff was eager for Rocio to leave. The Banner Desert Campus Hospital in Mesa, Arizona, demanded the family pay up. They tried to convince husband, Chirstian Solorio , to sign for a “medical deportation”. That means, instead of ICE deporting his wife, Rocio who now qualifies for deportation relief, the hospital would do it instead. They call the practice “dumping”.
What the hospital proposed was for Rocio to be disconnected from life support, placed on a stretcher, and given a free ride across the border. Once there, she would be pushed out of the ambulance and left to die. Meanwhile, Mexican hospitals would not likely take Rocio as she is not in their systems, having spent almost all of her life in the U.S.

Fortunately, Christian and Rocio's family are no dummies. They have refused to approve the “medical deportation”. In the meantime, Rocio has regained consciousness, though she developed fluid in her lungs and pneumonia when they tried to remove her from life support. The family is frantically trying to raise money to keep Rocio under hospital care. If the family is not successful then the hospital plans to dump Rocio anywhere they can, even if it means booting her out the front door.

To those who say it can't happen this way in America one only needs to examine the case of 17 year old Joe Arvizu. Joe was "medically deported" to Mexico after living a fair part of his youth in the U.S. His death was as much due to the failure of the system for a person desperate for treatment of the Leukemia that ravaged his blood as it was the Leukemia itself.
The U.S. is quickly turning into a place where there are two kinds of people. Those who have more than they can consume during their lives, to the extent of over consuming and becoming obese, and a larger class who work to keep the privileged in comfort.  With the distance between rich and poor expanding, undocumented immigrants are not the only ones who will suffer hospital dumping, but they certainly have been good test cases as to the acceptable level of care for those who have the least in American society.

August 3, 2012

US to Weighs Gay Relationships in Deportation Cases

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Amid pressure from Democratic lawmakers, Homeland Security officials reiterated Friday that a foreigner's longstanding same-sex relationship with a U.S. citizen could help stave off the threat of deportation.
Binational gay couples are eligible for consideration under a federal program designed to focus resources away from low-priority deportation cases and let officials spend more time tracking down convicted criminals, said Marsha Catron, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security.
However, the Obama administration will not automatically shelve deportation cases or process green card applications involving foreign citizens married to same-sex American partners.
Catron said her agency will continue to comply with a 1996 law that prohibits the government from recognizing same-sex relationships, even as Homeland Security takes these relationships into consideration when evaluating possible deportation.
The Obama administration last year said it considers the 1996 law unconstitutional and would no longer defend it in court.
Friday's statement, which builds on comments Homeland Security officials made last summer, came three days after 84 lawmakers demanded the agency put its position in writing to help protect same-sex couples from deportation.
Immigrant advocates welcomed the comments but said a formal policy still is needed.
"It is significant to me because it is expressly inclusive of LGBT families," said Lavi Soloway, an immigration attorney who represents a number of same-sex couples in deportation proceedings.
However, "as long as it's not in writing it doesn't mean that much for an individual in deportation," Soloway said.
That sentiment was echoed by Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, one of the authors of a letter this week urging the federal government to recognize couples' ties in a memo or field guidance.
The statement was first reported on Thursday by the online news site BuzzFeed.
Homeland Security officials did not answer questions about whether a written memo would be issued.
The federal government last year began reviewing deportation cases to determine which ones should be top priority and which ones might be shelved. Government attorneys weigh factors such as a person's criminal record, family ties and community relations in making their decisions.
Taxin reported from Orange County, Calif.

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March 24, 2012

Immigration Trying to get a Gay Married Couple (NYandSF)Deported from US

Together: Brian Willingham, left, and Alfonso Garcia pictured on their wedding day last year. Garcia, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, faces deportation despite their marriage
 (CNN) -- A federal immigration court judge in San Francisco put a deportation proceeding on hold Friday for a gay California man who is an undocumented immigrant and married to a U.S. citizen, the couple's attorney said.
Alfonso Garcia, 35, who came to the United States as a boy with his parents, and his husband, Brian Willingham, 37, are petitioning the federal immigration service for legal residency based on their marriage, said attorney Lavi Soloway.
The judge put Garcia's deportation proceeding on hold while Garcia's legal residency, or green card, application is being processed, Soloway said.
The next immigration court hearing is October 25, the attorney said.
The couple lawfully married in New York and are registered domestic partners in California living in the San Francisco Bay area, but the federal immigration court doesn't recognize gay marriage under the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between opposite sex couples, Soloway said.
The federal law is being challenged on constitutional grounds, with rulings expected this summer in federal appeals court, but the case hasn't reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
The couple is hoping the federal marriage law is nullified before the October 25 hearing, Soloway said.
"If they were an opposite-sex couple, we wouldn't have this discussion right now," Soloway said of Garcia's efforts to secure legal U.S. residency as a man married to a U.S. citizen.
"What this case is about is a Mexican man who was brought to the United States as a child and has lived here for 20 years, as has his whole family," Soloway said. "But he doesn't have lawful status."
"We have a whole campaign around this case and other cases like it," Soloway said, referring to the Stop the Deportations campaign and its website, in which gay and lesbian bi-national couples are fighting deportation, separation and exile caused by the Defense of Marriage Act and U.S. immigration law.
Garcia's undocumented status was discovered during a routine traffic stop in July, which led to a background check, the couple said. Garcia's parents are legal residents applying for U.S. citizenship, the attorney said.
Garcia and Willingham met in October 2001.
"As a gay American citizen, the federal government offers me zero, zilch, nada, null access to the federal rights that all married couples have," Willingham said on the couple's Web page. "This is not an issue of separate but equal. There are no separate federal rights for married gay couples. There are no rights at all. This is not a front of the bus, back of the bus issue. This is the federal government telling us to get the hell off of the bus."
President Barack Obama has called for a legislative repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, and while Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted last year to send a repeal to the full Senate floor, the measure is seen as having no chance of getting passed by the Republican-led House.
If Garcia is deported, he will be barred from returning to the United States for 10 years, his attorney said.
"I've spent most of my life in the United States. This country is my home, and Brian is my husband. I don't want to lose everything we have built together and be told I can't come back to the U.S. for 10 years. I just want to know we can be together. I just want to know the solemn oath we made to one another will count in the eyes of the law," Garcia said in a statement.

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