Saturday, April 9, 2011

Obama DREAM Act Amnesty Continues

Shocking evidence is out that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is continuing to administer an amnesty for illegal aliens, specifically illegal aliens unlawfully attending universities in the United States.

Seven immigrant youth leaders in Georgia were arrested earlier this week protesting a ban on undocumented students attending Georgia State University and several other public colleges. They were calling on Mark P. Becker, the president of the university, to refuse to comply with barring qualified students from attending the school. Georgina Perez, Andrea Rosales, Viridiana Martinez, David Ramirez, Jose Rico Benavides, Maria Marroquina, and Dayanna Rebolledo spent a night at Atlanta City Detention Center while supporters held a vigil outside calling on their release.

The Georgia Seven were questioned by two Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers immediately after they were detained for staging a sit-in at an intersection. The students declared themselves undocumented and answered all questions truthfully. They were released the next day. Dream is Coming, the organization behind the action, notes that “all…were released without an ICE hold, a process usually undertaken when undocumented individuals are stopped on traffic violations.” I’ve reported previously on students entered into deportation proceedings after being stopped for “violations” as simple as riding a bicycle without a light.

The Georgia activists made the decision to come out of the shadows and declare themselves “undocumented and unafraid” knowing they were likely to be arrested and face deportation. Georgina Perez told Dream is Coming: “We had a simple request of the President: do not comply with the ban on undocumented youth. Instead of hearing us out, when trying to deliver a letter [on Tuesday], the door was almost shut on us…In a country were hard work is rewarded we should encourage all students to pursue their education regardless of their immigration status…not arrest them at the risk of deportation.”

The students are still calling on GSU’s president to refuse the ban on undocumented students, as well as speaking out against anti-immigrant bills proposed in the state.

The import of this event is that the usual policy of ICE was to process similar illegal aliens, but release them with Notices To Appear (NTA), which are orders to appear before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), but for aliens not in custody, those dates with the EOIR are years in the future. A further benefit is that those illegals are also issued employment authorization, which, besides authorizing employment, gets most illegals on many welfare programs. Hence, ICE takes action, but the action itself is a defacto amnesty. The strategy is to make certain that the aliens will remain in the U.S. for the anticipated legislative amnesty.

However, the policy appears to have changed; in this case however, either the Deportation Officers (DO) or Immigration Enforcement Agents (IEA) refused to take action when confronted with aliens unlawfully present. Commonly called dereliction of duty, but under federal law this is called non-feasance, the failure of an agent of the government to take action required by law. Even worse, the DOs or IEAs did not just ignore the violations by these illegal aliens, but took the effort to interview the illegal aliens, then do nothing.

One should immediately call the Atlanta office of the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, which is charged with investigating misconduct by employees of the Department of Homeland Security at:

(404) 832-6730 / Fax: (404) 832-6646

The Field Office Director for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Atlanta Office should also be contacted at:

180 Spring Street SW, Suite 522

Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: (404) 893-1210

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