Can we deport US Citizens?!?!

22 04 2009

Apparently we do… according to a research done by the Associated Press, after it  interviewed at least 55 US citizens that have been detained for immigration violations for time ranging from a day to years and also some have been deported. How can you accuse a US citizen of immigration violations when they are not immigrating?!?!  Read the article here

How can we improve the system so that this doesn’t happen anymore?

Imagine spending hours, days, maybe years  in jail for being assumed to be foreigner in your own country… do you carry your birth certificate or passport with you at all time??? If you don’t maybe you should.

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Old Crime Returns to Haunt Legal Immigrants

12 08 2008

I Have read about a few cases were legal immigrants that committed a “crime” are being deported 10, 20, 30, and 40 years later due to a new law. Here are a few examples; the first is from the New York Times:

Old Crime Returns to Haunt an Immigrant; Facing Deportation, Dominican May Become Test Case for New Law

For 171 days now, immigration officials have held Jesus Collado, a Bronx restaurant manager and a legal resident of the United States, in a detention center in Pennsylvania for a misdemeanor he committed 23 years ago and for which, until now, he had never spent a day in jail.

Mr. Collado was convicted of statutory rape and given probation in 1974 because, at 19, he had sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend. Now, the Immigration and Naturalization Service wants to deport Mr. Collado to his homeland, the Dominican Republic, which he left in 1972 and has only returned to for occasional family visits.

Mr. Collado, his wife and their three children, and even the family of his onetime girlfriend, are baffled and horrified that his long-ago misdeed — a crime of moral turpitude, in legal terms — could tear apart the life that he has built in this country. The I.N.S. says that under tougher laws passed by Congress last year, the agency has no choice but Read the rest of this entry »





Do Immigrants have any rights?

11 08 2008

This question came to mind after I heard what happened to Ed

Ed is a US Citizen naturalized (he was born somewhere else) he has black skin and a very thick Spanish accent. He and his family play a dominoes tournament when ever they get together. This time they set two tables in their front yard. While they were playing an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) truck stopped  by and detained them. They did not resist, the asked to show their citizenship papers, that where inside the house, but they were denied.

The immigration officers said no, and kept putting them in the truck or van. A very hot neighbor showed up and flirted with the ICE officers and asked if she could go with one of them into the house and get the men’s papers. One of them finally agreed, they saw the citizenship papers and they were let go.

 What would have happened if the hot girl had not showed up, they most likely would still be in the detention center, waiting to go in front of a judge, wasting tax payers money. 

There was a case of a California man deported to Mexico, he was mentally challenged and was lost in Mexico for weeks. A Man from Minesotta was almost deported to Russia, a place where he had never been and did not speak the language.

I read on a newspaper article that if you are detained by ICE you have no rights to make a phone call or call a lawyer until they see fit. You are presumed illegal until proven otherwise.

I was reading in the government immigration page that naturalized citizens have the same rights as US born citizen, but the foreign born citizens may be stripped from their citizenship. (granted that you have to commit a serious crime or treason, but who determines that?)

The point I am trying to make is, that there seems to be no middle ground. People are detained, deported and then asked questions. I fear that a lot of people would be caught in this black and white system, and the gray cases will be turned black and dealt with as criminals.

I want someone to tell me do immigrants have any rights? If you know please tell me.





Why are we deporting widows of American Citizens?

12 03 2008

Our current immigration law states that the alien spouse of a US citizen should be deported if their marriage does not last past two years.  This a period in which the alien’s residency is called temporary or conditional. This law was intended to prevent fake marriages where a non-citizen would marry a U.S. citizen to quickly gain legal residency and then just get a quicky divorce. After the two years the Alien has to apply for permanent residency.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, USCIS, states that they are required to deport aliens whose spouse dies within two years of being married. Because of this, women and men who entered this country legally are facing deportation when their spouses die during the sometimes seemingly endless administrative visa process. There are over one hundred cases across the country affecting women, mothers and children. 

In some of these cases the spouse died while serving the country. Now the widows not only have to endure the loss of their spouse, but the loss of their home and security. Cases like:

Dahianna Heard, the widow of Jeffrey Heard, killed in March 2006 when the Army soldier was shot in the head by insurgents while delivering equipment to U.S. troops in Iraq. Dahianna Heard, a citizen of Venezuela who lives in Florida, now could be deported even though she and her husband had applied for her residency permit and were awaiting completion of the paperwork. They also had a son who is a U.S. citizen but faces an uncertain future if his mother is deported.

Todd Engstrom was later killed in Iraq when an RPG hit the convoy in which he was riding, while he was helping the U.S. Army train Iraqi soldiers. Now his wife Diana if facing deportation.

Surviving Spouses Against Deportation

Honoring the fallen, but not their widows

There has been a law suit filed to prevent this from happening.

I cannot imagine how I would have felt if this had happened to me. I have been fortunate enough to pass all of the leagal hurdles of the immigration process all the way, to become a US Citizen, I will explain the process in a later post.

It is hard to move to a new country, it is a big adjustment. And after you make this new place a home, the old country is not home anymore. I can’t imagine loosing my husband and then my home.