Immigration file backlog hinders immigrants' ability to fight deportation

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  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 4, 2012 6:51 p.m.

    To Fern RL,
    Country of origin makes a huge difference if you are studying the percentage of people here illegally.
    Pew Hispanic Center Report #44, page 8, has a chart showing that over 80% of people coming here from Mexico in the last decade came here illegally.
    You can't say that about Canadians or any other nation on earth.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    May 4, 2012 5:58 p.m.

    Israel's courts were so full they changed the laws, and removed the right to trial.

    Is Obama's administration clogging the courts on purpose to further his amnesty, or are those here illegally plugging our courts hoping we give up like Israel did until they changed the laws.

    Change the law, put them in criminal court.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    May 4, 2012 11:29 a.m.


    Its OK, just have them report to the White House and BO will fix them up because he is a "Constitutional Lawyer". No problem.

    Obama studied the constitution only to learn how to manipulate it. The man has zero respect for the US Constitution.

  • Fern RL LAYTON, UT
    May 4, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    It is a huge mistake to automatically assume that a Mexican immigrant is here illegally. We don't assume that if an immigrant is from Canada or from Europe or Asia. It is also a very sad thing that the Mexican government cannot provide opportunities for sustainable livelihoods for its citizens that would reduce the enticement for so many of them to attempt to come here illegally, or even to want to stay beyond the duration of the 6 month visa.

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    May 4, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    The issue of not enforcing the borders is not just about illegal people, it is about illegal drugs. Most illegal drugs come from that border and if people can get in, so can drugs. Even sympathizers to illegals should care more about the damage that these drugs are doing to our society than about advocating open borders in the name of human rights. Our rights get violated every day by the drugs and the gang members, many illegal themselves, who are a menace to the U.S.

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    May 4, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    Let's see, October on a six month visa.......shouldn't he be gone in April?

  • IdahoStranger NEWDALE, ID
    May 4, 2012 7:20 a.m.

    Don't they have copies of their paperwork when they entered the US?

    If the US was negligent in advising them of this need, then I guess we should just let them stay. Our fault. Not.

    Oh No - there was no place to obtain paper work where they entered? Must be our fault again. Let them stay. Not.

    Its OK, just have them report to the White House and BO will fix them up because he is a "Constitutional Lawyer". No problem.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 4, 2012 6:25 a.m.

    Are there any advantages in your world to following the law and entering with a visa? Does citizenship had any privileges?
    The trouble with those who take "citizens of the world" human rights view is that anarchy soon ensues. Immigration laws exist for a reason. Politicians, clergy and business have chosen to wink at the law.
    The result?
    ONE THIRD of all foreign-born are here illegally. Imagine that. We need to return to respect for the law or the ports and borders will be wide open. Are you suggesting that is OK?

  • wrz Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2012 11:23 p.m.

    What's all the fuss. If the immigrant in question came on a visa and it's expired, ship him out. Done.

    Similarly, all citizens have SS numbers. If that doesn't check out with the SS Administration the immigrant in question is history.

    Don't need a lawyer. Don't need a judge. Just wave good-bye.

  • Immifriend Sandy, UT
    May 3, 2012 10:37 p.m.

    If we were to erase one fact from the story -- that these are deportation cases -- and just said that in cases of a certain nature, defendants routinely are denied the right to look at their own case files, how would we react? Would we not say, How can this be, in America?

    And, that the USCIS has more FOIA requests than any other agency suggests the possibility the agency does, indeed, perceive that the immigrants have no right to look at their own files, that they are being deprived of information others would be quickly given.

    While some will argue these people have no rights, for they are here illegally, I beg to differ. If we suggest justice is only for those we judge worthy of justice, then we are not a very just society. Justice is for all, or it isn't just.

    -- John Jackson, candidate for Utah House District 44

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 3, 2012 9:50 p.m.

    Well, this is the other side of the "administrative infraction" argument. If being here illegally is like a speeding ticket as some suggest, then it isn't a criminal court. So the rules are different. You don't have a right to a court-appointed attorney at public expense. You have an administrative hearing, not a trial.
    If you illegals want the full-blown legal system then let's make unlawful presence a felony.
    Oh no, you don't want that.
    You can't have it both ways.
    Part of the backlog problem is that we've opened far too many loopholes which might allow some illegals to stay. If you want to fix that just get tough. Prove you have a right to be here or you are sent home. How hard is that?

  • Immifriend Sandy, UT
    May 3, 2012 9:02 p.m.

    "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial." So says the Constitution. I Would think having access to the information needed for one's trial is part of the right to a speedy and public trial.

    Also, I do wonder how it can be that the USCIS receives more FOIA requests than any other agency. Can that be? Why is it so? Why should they have to go through the FOIA process to begin with just to access their own records? That information should be available just by walking in and asking for it. Why is it that such information is in caves in Missouri? In a digital age, cannot it be made readily accessible?

    I believe people should cooperate with the law. But I also believe the law (law enforcement) should cooperate with justice.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    May 3, 2012 8:42 p.m.

    Wow. Having so much burden on the government to prove that a suspect is here illegally....suggests to me that we MUST have everyone sign in on entry. With identification. Every one of these cases must be a proof of identification as well as a proof of alienship. I had no idea ICE had it so difficult prosecuting aliens!

    And to think immigrant lawyers actually think the aliens have a right to lie about who they are and why they're here. Sick, sick, sick. Immigration reform may need to consist of making prosecution a bit easier!

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    May 3, 2012 8:26 p.m.

    If people who are here legally were getting deported because of this back log then I would agree that is a big deal.

    We have a visa overstayer and their complaining that they got caught?

    I roll my eyes!