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More backdoor amnesty continues.

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It looks like since they can't get the votes they have to resort to the backdoor method.

Houston immigration cases tossed by the hundreds | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

In the month after Homeland Security officials started a review of Houston's immigration court docket, immigration judges dismissed more than 200 cases, an increase of more than 700 percent from the prior month, new data shows.

The number of dismissals in Houston courts reached 217 in August — up from just 27 in July, according to data from the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which administers the nation's immigration court system.

In September, judges dismissed 174 pending cases — the vast majority involving immigrants who already were out on bond and had cases pending on Houston's crowded downtown court docket, where hearings are now being scheduled into 2012.

Roughly 45 percent of the 350 cases decided in that court in September resulted in dismissals, the records show.

The EOIR data offer the first glimpse into Homeland Security's largely secretive review of pending cases on the local immigration court docket.

In early August, federal attorneys in Houston started filing unsolicited motions to dismiss cases involving suspected illegal immigrants who have lived in the country for years without committing serious crimes.

News of the dismissals, first reported in the Houston Chronicle in late August, caused a national controversy amid allegations that the Obama administration was implementing a kind of "backdoor amnesty" — a charge officials strongly denied.

In recent weeks, some immigration attorneys reported the dismissals have slowed somewhat, while others reported they now have to ask ICE trial attorneys to exercise prosecutorial discretion in order to have their cases dismissed. Others, however, said they are still being approached by government attorneys seeking to file joint motions for case dismissal.

"They're still doing it," said immigration attorney Steve Villarreal. "They're just doing it quietly."

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials declined this week to discuss specifics of the docket reviews and dismissals, which are also going on in several other cities, including Dallas and Miami.

In response to the Houston EOIR data, ICE spokeswoman Gillian Brigham noted that immigration judges can terminate cases for other than prosecutorial discretion, such as when ICE does not meet its burden of proof. The Houston immigration courts averaged about 38 case terminations each month in the 10 months prior to the DHS review.
Broad set of criteria

ICE has tried to downplay the docket reviews, suggesting in some media accounts that they were limited to cases involving illegal immigrants with pending petitions filed by U.S. citizen relatives.

However, EOIR's liaison with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Raed Gonzalez, said he was briefed on the guidelines in August directly by DHS' deputy chief counsel in Houston and described a broader set of internal criteria.

Government attorneys in Houston were instructed to exercise prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis for illegal immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for at least two years and have no serious criminal history, Gonzalez said.

To qualify for dismissal, defendants also must have no felony record or any misdemeanor convictions involving DWI, sex crimes or domestic violence, he said.

Several dismissed cases examined by the Chronicle involved defendants without U.S. citizen relatives but with arguments for dismissal on humanitarian grounds, such as illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children who have stayed out of trouble and are enrolled in college.

Supporters of the review called it a necessary, common-sense step to reduce the system's staggering backlog, which hit an all-time high this year. In June, the number of pending immigration cases nationally reached 247,922, including 7,444 in Houston.

By moving to dismiss cases for people who have stayed out of trouble, the agency will be better able to use its limited resources to more rapidly deport those with serious criminal records, supporters said.

"It makes all of the sense in the world," John Nechman, a Houston immigration attorney, said of the review, which has led the dismissals of cases for several of his clients.
 

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what a surprise [/s]; you are opposed to good governance and marshaling limited resources where they will be found most effective:
... By moving to dismiss cases for people who have stayed out of trouble, the agency will be better able to use its limited resources to more rapidly deport those with serious criminal records, supporters said. ...
 

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It's not black and white... the system doesn't address illegal immigration based solely on whether a person is in the country legally or not. I mean, at the borders these things matter, but the courts are not going to allow themselves to be backed up by thousands upon thousands of cases to address a never ending flow of individuals. It makes much more sense to address the ones who are committing actual crimes while in the country.

Dealing with the illegals one by one is like trying to use a bucket to drain the ocean. If we're serious about stopping the illegals from coming in, then it makes far more sense to direct our energies at the businesses who are harbouring them. But our government will not do that because business, government, and aristocratic powers are like this
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The southern border has always been a transient region even before the American-Mexican war but especially after. Border security lies in business practice, not in physically drawing an imaginary line in the sand and expecting it to matter.
 

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All of the BS spin coming out of the marxist/socialist amnesty supporting progressive maobama regime aside, here is what is actually going on. The marxists/socialist maobama regime have decided it's OK to deport only those illegal aliens who have comitted a crime other than just identity theft that because that would prevent these particular criminal illegals from ever being granted amnesty. The marxist/socialist maobama regime has no use for any hispanics that can't be future democratic voters if amnestied. LaRacist and other tribally ethnocentric hispanics don't have too much of a problem with the deporting of outright criminal hispanic illegal aliens. On the other hand the marxist/socialist maobama regime isn't about to deport any illegal aliens that can be candidates for amnesty and be future hispanic democratic voters. After all, the marxist/socialist maobama regime knows it can't amnesty illegal alien future democratic voters if they've been deported.
 

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a series of new internal rules has effectively created a possible backdoor amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, I think it's right decision of the government ..
 

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a series of new internal rules has effectively created a possible backdoor amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, I think it's right decision of the government ..
Little amnesty peddler, huh? Well, gee, I think that it's the wrong decision from our marxist/socialist amnesty supporting gubmint with it's leftist agenda.
 

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a series of new internal rules has effectively created a possible backdoor amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, I think it's right decision of the government ..
Care to explain why it is the right decision.
 

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It's not black and white... the system doesn't address illegal immigration based solely on whether a person is in the country legally or not. I mean, at the borders these things matter, but the courts are not going to allow themselves to be backed up by thousands upon thousands of cases to address a never ending flow of individuals. It makes much more sense to address the ones who are committing actual crimes while in the country.

Dealing with the illegals one by one is like trying to use a bucket to drain the ocean. If we're serious about stopping the illegals from coming in, then it makes far more sense to direct our energies at the businesses who are harbouring them. But our government will not do that because business, government, and aristocratic powers are like this
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The southern border has always been a transient region even before the American-Mexican war but especially after. Border security lies in business practice, not in physically drawing an imaginary line in the sand and expecting it to matter.
Then why not have a documented foreign worker program. Better for the the workers crossing the border and better for a country regulating who comes into the country.
 

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Then why not have a documented foreign worker program. Better for the the workers crossing the border and better for a country regulating who comes into the country.
We already have too many foreign worker programs as it is. A much better option would be to let the traitorous scumbag employers of illegals go out of business if they can't find any LEGAL workers. After all, they are just SCUMBAG EMPLOYERS OF ILLEGALS.
 

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We already have too many foreign worker programs as it is. A much better option would be to let the traitorous scumbag employers of illegals go out of business if they can't find any LEGAL workers. After all, they are just SCUMBAG EMPLOYERS OF ILLEGALS.
The problem with your solution is that the government refuses to do it.
 

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The problem with your solution is that the government refuses to do it.
Yeah I know. That would be the illegal alien chamber of commerce that spends millions lobbying to keep the not so cheap illegal alien labor coming. If we can kick out the marxists and traitors in 2010 and 2012 as well as the SOB POS President in 2012 this country might have a chance.
 
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