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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Feds release first illegal immigrants in Georgia

By Jeremy Redmon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Federal authorities on Tuesday night began freeing illegal immigrants facing deportation from Georgia, releasing two teenagers from custody by using controversial new guidelines the Obama administration announced last week.

Homeland Security Department officials confirmed that Pedro Morales, 19, of Dalton and Luis “Ricky” Hernandez, 18, of Calhoun had been let out of the Stewart Detention Center in South Georgia and their cases dismissed.

By freeing illegal immigrants, critics say, the Obama administration is ignoring federal immigration laws. They also contend the government has not done enough to stem the flow of illegal immigrants to Georgia.

However, proponents of the new policy said it made sense for the government to focus its limited resources on killers, rapists and terrorists. They were hoping this would lead to the eventual passage of the Dream Act. That measure — which failed in Congress last year — would give illegal immigrants a path to legal status if they came here as children, graduated from high school and attended college or served in the military. . . .

Issuing a statement Tuesday night, Homeland Security said ICE “is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens, recent border crossers and egregious immigration law violators, such as those who have been previously removed from the U.S. The agency exercises prosecutorial discretion, on a case-by-case basis, as necessary to focus resources on these priorities.”

The Obama administration announced the new federal guidelines last week, saying the government had limited resources for deporting and detaining illegal immigrants and must focus on expelling violent criminals and those who pose threats to national security.

The government is preparing to review about 300,000 cases before the immigration courts nationwide to see if they should continue or be dismissed, an action that has strong opposition.

“They are illegal immigrants and they need to be returned to their country like the law states,” said Lori Pesta, president of the Republican Women of Cherokee County. “This is a nation of laws. ... And the laws are there for a reason -- so we don’t live in chaos.”

Kuck, the past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said ICE’s decision to free his clients indicates “there is a return of some semblance of sanity to our [immigration] system.”

The families for Hernandez and Morales cheered the news of the teens’ release. . . . [Full Story]

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Anonymous Charles Soots said...

You release Illegals you might as well release everyone else that has done the same crime

8/24/11, 8:29 PM  
Blogger June said...

I wish people would quit saying "we're a nation of laws." We are a nation of UNENFORCED laws, and that isn't good enough. This is definitely not the America which I was born into many years ago. We don't have any leaders who are willing to stand up for us. We have a bunch of cowards in Washington who are afraid to speak out and say, "No mas!"

8/28/11, 5:55 PM  
Blogger June said...

Correction: We are a nation of UNEFORCED laws. For leaders, we have oowards who will not defend our country against the invasion from south of our border. We have been handed over to third world countries. We've fought and won many wars on foreign soil, but when our own nation is invaded, our politicians wave the white flag.

8/28/11, 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Immigration Lawyers said...

Illegal immigrants must be deported to their home countries.

9/14/11, 3:00 AM  

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