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{ LINK: I.C.E. to Deport Arizonan Adopted in Infancy From Korea }

blackamazon:

radicallyhottoff:

A 31-year-old mother of three adopted as a baby from Korea may soon be deported. Known as “Seo,” the woman is in custody at a federal detention center in Arizona after being convicted of theft for the second time, according to the Korea Times. So, how do officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) justify their decision to deport someone adopted by an American family at eight months old? They say they reached the decision to deport Seo because of “the nature of her crimes and on the likelihood of repeat offenses.” … We don’t know what drove her to theft — financial pressures, mental illness? Even if it’s plain bad character, the fact that her adoptive parents surely intended her to grow up as an American shouldn’t be overlooked. Unfortunately, at the time of Seo’s adoption, immigration laws for adoptees were different. Since 2004, the U.S. has automatically extended citizenship to adoptees 45 days after they enter the county. Had Seo applied for U.S. citizenship as an adult, she might not be facing deportation today. For unknown reasons, she neglected to make that decision and is only a green card holder rather than an American citizen. This isn’t a rare situation, however. It’s plausible that Seo didn’t know that she wasn’t a citizen, as many adoptees are unaware of their residency status.

My. Blood. RAGES. 

I can’t even express what is going through my body right now. this is raging through my body, slamming all around it, making me sick with rage…

OH fuck this just WHAT ?!?!?!?

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{ LINK: URGENT ACTION: STOP THE DEPORTATION OF THE CHAUDRY FAMILY }

sheresists:

Call Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews today to demand that the family not be removed

The Chaudhry family recently received news that they will be removed from Canada in the coming weeks. This has been devastating news for the family of five, who are terrified of being returned to Pakistan, where they will face violence and possibly death because their marriage was not approved by their family.

CALL MINISTER VIC TOEWS TODAY TO SUPPORT THE FAMILY
Halifax supports refugee claimants and will not tolerate senseless deportations!

Parliament Hill Office: 613-992-3128
Manitoba Offices: 204-326-9889; 204-345-9762

The deportation will be extremely difficult for the family’s three young children (aged 9, 3, and 6 months), two of whom are Canadian citizens and one of whom is an American citizen, and who all consider Canada their home. Forcing the family to go through a stressful, expensive and potentially dangerous deportation in order to apply for a way to return is a clear example of how Canada’s immigration and refugee system needlessly hurts migrants.

The family has received outpourings of community support, including the support of two local Members of Parliament, business partners, students, the Muslim community, service providers and many others. They have a business plan to open a Halal food restaurant, and are likely to be able to return to Canada under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program after being out of the country. The Provincial Immigration office is so confident in the family that they have agreed to expedite their application return to Canada. The family has also applied to stay in Canada on Humanitarian & Compassionate grounds, given their integration in the community, but this application has not yet been processed and will not on its own stop a deportation.

Points to emphasize in your call:

-they currently have an application to stay on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds. Deporting the family before this is processed may needlessly put the family through stress, danger and a financial burden. They should be allowed to stay at least until this application has been processed.
-they face violence or an honour killing if returned to Pakistan
-they have lived in Halifax since 2003 and have made a home for themselves here.
-they have a viable business plan to open a Pakistani food restaurant, with business partners
-they have taken courses to upgrade their skills, including computer and food safety courses
-they are active members of their community and volunteer with their local mosque
-their two youngest children were born in Canada. Their eldest child was born in the U.S.
-there has been a large amount of grassroots public support for the family.

CALL MINISTER VIC TOEWS TODAY TO SUPPORT THE FAMILY
Parliament Hill Office: 613-992-3128
Manitoba Offices: 204-326-9889; 204-345-9762

Please pass this along to your friends, families and net

For all you Halifax folks, there is a facebook event to support the Chaudry family on their federal court date.

Facebook event

Please show your support 

(Source: mytongueisforked)

EDIT: Commentary from tranzient:

saying that we are a nation of immigrants effectively erases the slave trade, massive colonization of the land, and the genocide of the native american people that were here before us.

EDIT: Commentary from tranzient:

saying that we are a nation of immigrants effectively erases the slave trade, massive colonization of the land, and the genocide of the native american people that were here before us.

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{ LINK: I.C.E. to Deport Arizonan Adopted in Infancy From Korea }

yeahimrandomgetoverit:

plasticcastlesandbelljars:

radicallyhottoff:

A 31-year-old mother of three adopted as a baby from Korea may soon be deported. Known as “Seo,” the woman is in custody at a federal detention center in Arizona after being convicted of theft for the second time, according to the Korea Times. So, how do officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) justify their decision to deport someone adopted by an American family at eight months old? They say they reached the decision to deport Seo because of “the nature of her crimes and on the likelihood of repeat offenses.” … We don’t know what drove her to theft — financial pressures, mental illness? Even if it’s plain bad character, the fact that her adoptive parents surely intended her to grow up as an American shouldn’t be overlooked. Unfortunately, at the time of Seo’s adoption, immigration laws for adoptees were different. Since 2004, the U.S. has automatically extended citizenship to adoptees 45 days after they enter the county. Had Seo applied for U.S. citizenship as an adult, she might not be facing deportation today. For unknown reasons, she neglected to make that decision and is only a green card holder rather than an American citizen. This isn’t a rare situation, however. It’s plausible that Seo didn’t know that she wasn’t a citizen, as many adoptees are unaware of their residency status.

My. Blood. RAGES. 

I can’t even express what is going through my body right now. this is raging through my body, slamming all around it, making me sick with rage…

Oh my fucking god. ARE PEOPLE SERIOUS??? Ugh. This is fucked up. 

This is ridiculous. The government should be ashamed. 

okay this is bad, but she also SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN STEALING

A) The point “we don’t know what drove her to theft” apparently needs to be repeated (even though it should not need to be repeated) and B) disproportionate punishment, anyone?  She steals so she just gets kicked out of the country?  That’s fair in your book?

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{ LINK: URGENT (from All Out via GetEqual): Brenda Namigadde may be deported }

Brenda Namigadde, a Ugandan lesbian in the UK, faces deportation THIS WEEK back to the life-threatening persecution she fled eight years ago.

With David Bahati, the Ugandan politician and author of the notorious “Kill the Gays” legislation, taking an interest in her case, Brenda faces clear and present danger if she’s forced to return.

Will you join more than 10,000 people in 85 countries in signing this urgent letter pressuring U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to stop Brenda’s deportation?

(anyone has any problems with All Out or GetEqual, feel free to tell me)

{ 48 hours to save Brenda }

thejuthikakid:

afterthecurtain:

http://allout.org/en/brenda/

Brenda Namigadde, a Ugandan lesbian in the UK, faces deportation THIS WEEK (tomorrow, on Friday 28th) back to the life-threatening persecution she fled eight years ago.

With David Bahati, the Ugandan politician and author of the notorious “Kill the Gays” legislation, taking an interest in her case, Brenda faces clear and present danger if she’s forced to return.

Will you sign this urgent letter pressuring U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May to stop Brenda’s deportation?

Please sign and reblog, guys.

PLEASE do this.

just wanna keep circulating this

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{ LINK: Community Support needed for Chaudhrys’ Federal Court Date }

February 16, 2011
9:30-11:30AM
1801 Hollis St.
More details to follow

Many people have been asking us how to support the Chaudhry family in their struggle to stay in Canada–this is your chance!

The Chaudhrys and their legal counsel will be presenting a case in Federal Court arguing that Immigration did not follow process when they decided to deny the Chaudhry’s application for status on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds. In particular, they will argue that Immigration failed to consider the best interests of the children in making their decision. If successful, the Chaudhrys will have the chance to have their application re-evaluated by another immigration officer.

One of the key points being argued in court is that Immigration completely dismissed the large number of letters collected in support of the Chaudhrys from the community without adequate grounds for doing so.

WE NEED TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE CHAUDHRYS HAVE COMMUNITY SUPPORT—LETS PACK THE COURTROOM!!!

Stay tuned for more details, but in the meantime, save the date!

{ LINK: Brenda Namigadde update from guardian.co.uk }

From The Guardian.  Found after Googling Brenda Namigadde’s name again after I got an email from GetEQUAL saying that she’d gotten a temporary reprieve.  I am sorry if anyone posted this already and I missed it.

“On Monday, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano told a gathering in El Paso what is not new news, but what is staggering every time it’s repeated. “In both fiscal years 2009 and 2010, Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed more illegal immigrants from our country than ever before, with more than 779,000 removals nationwide in the last two years,” Napolitano said, the AP reported. It’s certainly not the first time Napolitano’s boasted about her agency’s immigration enforcement.”

Napolitano: In Two Years We’ve Deported More Than Ever Before - COLORLINES

that’ some sorta resume material you got there lady.

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“An undocumented Florida woman who helped her sister report domestic violence now faces an order of deportation from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, even though her lawyers say she never should have been detected by ICE agents in the first place. The woman, Rita Cote, 25, is married to a U.S. citizen and has four children, all of them citizens. She has no criminal record. But when police arrived to respond to the domestic-violence call on Feb. 16, 2009, law enforcement instead took Cote into custody, detained her for a week and handed her over to ICE. Cote now faces deportation at any time to her native Honduras, which she fled as a child in 1998 to escape Hurricane Mitch and its aftermath. If deported, she could be separated from her husband and children for up to a decade.”

Honduran Immigrant Faces Deportation After Helping Her Sister Report Domestic Violence

I can’t speak without slicing a mofo right now. 

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this kind of consequence is routinely raised by both immigration and domestic violence advocates and is routinely dismissed as something that “would never happen” because of police discretion and the importance of encouraging victims of domestic violence to engage with law enforcement.

it happens. a lot. and it means that there’s yet another barrier for immigrant women experiencing domestic violence, even when they’re actively seeking help and protection.

what a great system we’ve constructed to support and encourage women. 

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