Expedited Immigration Hearings Basically a "Conveyor Belt to Deportation"

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Some 52,000 unaccompanied infants, children and teens have been apprehended along the United States' Southern border since October of last year, and twenty nine of them appeared in federal immigration court in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday. They represent the first wave of some 10,000 individual cases that advocates estimate will be heard in New York in the next year.

This year has seen a massive increase in unaccompanied children attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border -- the numbers are up 99 percent, according to Customs and Border Protection. In the past, it could often take over a year before cases like these got a court date, but the Justice Department, on orders from President Obama, has expedited hearings for accompanied minors across the country. An additional thirty cases will be heard in New York on Thursday, and another thirty on Friday.

Lawyers from The Door, Catholic Charities and Legal Aid Society were at the federal building on Wednesday to assist the children, many of whom are fleeing escalating violence in their home countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection

According to the Public Advocate's office, about 3,500 children are currently awaiting hearings in New York; only Texas is hosting more unaccompanied children. (An estimated 3,181 are awaiting hearings in Florida, and an additional 3,150 in California.) The New York Immigration Coalition puts the number of children in New York slightly higher at 4,244.

Some of those children have been released to family members who were already living in the United States, says Thanu Yakupitiyage, of the New York Immigration Coalition: "In New York, there's a pretty large large Honduran and Guatemalan population, particularly in Long Island and Upstate, so some of these children are coming to live with their families here." Children who have not been released to their families have been placed in shelters while they await their hearings.

Most children who appear in immigration court without a lawyer or advocate will be deported, but with a lawyer, the odds shift in their favor: in roughly half of those cases, courts will find children are eligible for either asylum or refugee status, Yakupitiyage says.

The New York Immigration Coalition is joining forces with legal and social service organizations, as well as the Mayor's office of immigrant affairs, to provide legal aid and social service for the minors who have recently arrived in New York.

"A lot of these young people, some of them don't even speak English, and they don't understand what's happening and [they] are being put in front of immigration judges -- it's basically like a conveyor belt to deportation, and we're trying to make sure that there are resources for these young children to have legal representation," Yakupitiyage says.

In addition to legal help, the group is working to provide shelter and socials services, including assistance for female immigrants who experienced sexual violence during the trek.

Public Advocate Letitia James, a lawyer by trade who's worked with Legal Aid in the past, says she will undergo training to represent children pro bono in immigration court. She is asking other lawyers to do the same. James is also calling for the creation of a help desk at immigration court to provide resources to children and families.

New York's immigration court is expected to hear 65 cases a day next week, and 30 cases a day going forward, until all are processed.

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rburns31
rburns31

Immigration isn't the problem, this is a National Security problem and it's at our southern border.  Can nobody see that?  Our Justice Department under Holder couldn't ticket a double parked car properly let alone handle the invasion coming from Central America.

Where does the money come from that these impoverished children or adults pay to be snuck across our border?  I stand corrected; now they just walk across knowing they are going to be caught and given three hots and a cot.  I don't want to pay for it and while I'm at it, I don't want to pay for about 90% of what this inept government is doing but will gladly help pay for cleaning up the corruption that is allowing this to happen if the Texas Rangers handle the entire matter.

davej.francis
davej.francis

ILLEGAL ALIENS THREATEN U.S. MEDICAL SYSTEM Docs journal reports hospitals being closed,


Cristobal Silverio emigrated illegally from Mexico to Stockton, Calif., in 1997 to work as a fruit picker

He brought with him his wife, Felipa, and three children, 19, 12 and 8 – all illegals aliens. When Felipa gave birth to her fourth child, daughter Flor, the family had what is referred to as an “anchor baby” – an American citizen by birth who provided the entire Silverio clan a ticket to remain in the U.S. permanently.

 But Flor was born premature, spent three months in the neonatal incubator and cost the San JoaquinHospital more than $300,000. Meanwhile, oldest daughter Lourdes married an illegal alien gave birth to a daughter, too. Her name is Esmeralda. And Felipa had yet another child, Cristian.

The two Silverio anchor babies generate $1,000 per month in public welfare funding for the family. Flor gets $600 a month for asthma. Healthy Cristian gets $400. While the Silverios earned $18,000 last year picking fruit, they picked up another $12,000 for their two “anchor babies.”

While President Bush says the U.S. needs more “cheap labor” from south of the border to do jobs Americans aren’t willing to do, the case of the Silverios shows there are indeed uncalculated costs involved in the importation of such labor – public support and uninsured medical costs.

In fact, the increasing number of illegal aliens coming into the United States is forcing the closure of hospitals, spreading previously vanquished diseases and threatening to destroy America’s prized health-care system, says a report in the spring issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE ABOUT ILLEGAL ALIENS, YOU MUST READ THIS:

I borrowed this incredulous eye opener article from WND.com and a MUST READ for every US taxpayer to see laws that benefit illegal aliens and not citizens or legal residents.  Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2005/03/29329/#5UP2SKeH7FX4TB3W.99

These are some of the most urgent laws that need to be employed to stop the flow of illegal aliens, that’s if the majority of yellow bellied House of Representatives use their power to cut of the funding purse to this monstrous sized Obama government:

1. Resurrect the 2006 Secure Fence Act and build the double layer fencing, complete with concertina razor wire.

2. Reinforce the border with National Guard and add more Border Patrol Agents permanently.

3. Deploy more internal ICE agents to audit employers, instead of 5000 for all of the United States.

4. Amend the law so illegal entry into the US becomes a Felony.

5. Issue a National digital Social Security Card for voting, and to identify that person.

6. Revisit the 14th amendment, thus amending the automatic citizen law, so ONLY the babies of US citizens can claim this right; (A huge expenditure for taxpayers.)

7. Make it a more serious offense for employers to hire illegal aliens, with prison.

8. Amend the 2006 human trafficking act, so it’s aligning with Mexico and Canadians.

9. Introduce a uniform Guest worker program, with entry and exit permission and unless   mitigating circumstances are available, overstays have committed a felony.

10. Only legal immigrants with Special high level skills can be admitted permanently.

ONLY THE NATIONAL TEA PARTY HAS THE GUTS TO SPEAK OUT ON ALL THE ISSUES THAT HAS AN INCREDULOUS COST TO US TAXPAYERS; ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. VOTE FOR THE REPUBLICANS NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND REMOVE THE DEMOCRATS. WE CAN ERADICATE THE GOP ELITISTS LATER?

Check this site that has the phone Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress at:www.contactingthecongress/ to demand an end to illegal immigration and the dismantling of our laws, sovereignty and military, which is protection against our enemies. This is the number for the central switchboard for Congress to address your grievances at 800-224-3121.

thisillegalamerican
thisillegalamerican

It sucks that so many people devote so much time and resources to help illegal aliens. 


I mean, these illegals are fleeing their corrupt, violence and failed countries only to bring it with them by using corrupted people and corrupted means to enter the US. The flee their country because they probably have their property trespassed on, yet their first act in America is to do the same upon someone else's. They didn't like that their tax money are stolen by the corrupt political elite, yet, they steal identity and take from our system. Money we should be using to build school, fix our infrastructure, etc. instead, they go to rounding up illegals, jailing them and deporting them.


And they wonder why Americans are opposed to illegals people here.


The more these so called social organizations put up money and effort to help illegals, the more they make a mockery out of the motivated, honest and hard working legal immigrants. These people spent their fortune and time showing their respect for America and our law by filling out forms, and endure the process.


Ask yourself, who would you rather be allowed in your society, the honest legal immigrants or the morally corrupt illegal aliens?


People need to wake up and realized they are not helping anybody by encouraging unscrupulous, low education and low skill people from around the world to sneak into our society. It's a suicide pact. Nothing more.

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