Sunday, March 8, 2009

U.S. Immigration Policies: Broken Policies / Broken Promises!

The U.S. Immigration Policies are hopelessly BROKEN! 40% of the 12M here are due to Visa overstays and many of these cases are PENDING in the backlogged and very broken Immigration court process.
Most Americans are ignorant of the fact that these processes are so broken and backlogged.
Here is a peek at what is happening in one city, in one state where the overburdened legal process is shattering at the seams:
The Houston Chronicle reports:
Cases flood immigration courts in Houston
Despite rise in cases, number of judges has changed little
In a cramped hallway in Houston’s immigration court building, a toddler dressed in his pajamas slept soundly, sprawled out on a Spiderman blanket on his father’s lap. The wooden benches in a nearby courtroom were full, leaving a half-dozen immigrants and their attorneys to stand in the aisle.As the hours ticked by, an elderly woman facing deportation to Mexico rested her head in her hands. It was more than three hours before the court called her case — one of more than 30 on a judge’s calendar on a recent morning.
The scene is typical for Houston’s immigration courts, which saw a roughly 40 percent increase in case load from 2002 to 2007. The situation here is part of a nationwide problem, critics say. Nationally, the number of immigration prosecutions has increased significantly in recent years. Immigration judges received more than 334,000 matters — including bonds, motions and removal proceedings — in 2007, up from roughly 290,000 in 2002. Meanwhile, the number of immigration judges has remained flat, with 224 today compared with 225 in 2002. Since 2002, the federal government has added one immigration judge in Texas, for a total of 23.
The federal government has acknowledged for years the need to employ more immigration judges, but the agency that handles the hiring, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, has struggled with bureaucracy and budget constraints. David Burnham, who has studied the immigration court system extensively as co-director of theTransactional Records Access Clearinghouse with Syracuse University, described EOIR as “an agency adrift” during the past few years. But the blame shouldn’t stop there, or with the prior administration, he said, adding that Congress hasn’t “stepped up to bat.”
In 2006, then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales pledged to revamp the system, with the hiring of judges listed as a top priority. But last year, key members of Gonzales’ staff came under scrutiny amid reports they considered judicial candidates’ politics — rather than qualifications — in deciding appointments. The effort to find and appoint conservative and party-loyalist judges at times threatened to clog courts and delayed deportations, according to a Justice Department investigation.
In August 2007, the EOIR instituted a new screening and hiring policy for immigration judges designed to address concerns raised by the reports. EOIR spokeswoman Elaine Komis said the agency “continues to fill immigration judge vacancies as quickly as possible.”EOIR has 24 judge vacancies and is in various stages of the selection process for most of those positions, she said. Komis said EOIR is hoping Congress will designate $5 million for the hiring of immigration judges as part of the 2009 budget, which is still awaiting approval.
The average judge in an immigration court hears about 1,200 removal proceedings every year, compared with an average annual case load of 480 for district judges, according to the Brookings Institution, a research organization in Washington, D.C. And whereas district court judges generally have two to three law clerks to assist them, immigration judges have one clerk for every six judges, Marks said.
Brittney Nystrom, senior legal adviser for the National Immigration Forum, which advocates for comprehensive immigration reform, said the case-to-judge ratio is particularly troubling. “It raises a lot of concerns for all of the players in the system,” Nystrom said. “The immigration judges themselves are concerned that they don’t have the resources or the time to adequately adjudicate their cases. The immigrants and the immigrant representatives are concerned they don’t have time to present their cases.”
Some local immigration attorneys said the manpower shortage is of particular concern in Houston’s two immigration courts, which in fiscal year 2007 received about 12,500 immigration matters. That’s up from 8,900 five years earlier. In the court, judges routinely have 30 to 40 matters scheduled in a single morning. Many cases are postponed — some for three to six months at a time — to give attorneys more time to prepare for court or to give petitioners additional time to hear back from immigration officials on pending applications.
Impact on due process
Raed Gonzalez, a Houston immigration attorney, said the high volume of cases has an adverse impact on clients’ due process. In some instances, the court refuses to wait for U.S. immigration officials to approve or deny a petition for legal permanent residency, which can take months to process. “There are many people who are entitled to relief and the judges will not wait for them,” he said, adding that the judges are under pressure to clear cases quickly. The court delays can affect clients’ personal lives, he said.
One client from Pakistan has been waiting five years for his case to be resolved in immigration court, Gonzalez said, adding that it has put stress on the man’s marriage.


Vicente Duque said...

Big Apple became Clockwork Orange

Some Hispanics and a New York City Police officer attacked a Black Man without cause - Ugly slurs, "Go to Africa", Baseball bats - Racism and Bastardy in Roosevelt, Long Island, New York City

Daryl Jackson a defenseless Black Man, attacked by Hispanics

Hispanics with baseball bats sent him to the Hospital ( see photo )

New York City - See the NewsDay Video of a Witness speaking up

Thanks to the Complicit Complacency of the Authorities

We have reported several times Ugly Racism and attacks from Hispanics to Innocent Black People, like when the 14 year old Girl Cheryl Green was killed in Los Angeles by a Hispanic.

I receive lots of angry and hate comments against RACIALITY.COM implying that my Blog only rants against Whites. But sometimes we also signal Racist acts of Latinos or Blacks.

A Society that is sick and permeated by Racism turns the members of a Race that has been a victim into Haters, Racists and finally Victimizers.

Vicente Duque

The Arizonian said...

In response to Vicente Duque, way to stay on topic.....

New Jelly Belly Flavor
Acai Berry Wins for New Flavor Idea for Jelly Belly Bean

The tallies are done and Jelly Belly Candy Company announced that fans voted Acai Berry (ah-sigh-ee), an exotic Amazon rainforest fruit, as the best idea for a new flavor. Almost 200,000 suggestions for new jelly bean flavors were submitted to the contest, and the public voted for the best original flavor concept at
Joel Tokarczyk of Matteson, Illinois, a 19-year-old art student, was named a finalist in August and crowned the winner of the $10,000 grand prize for his submission. Tokarczyk came up with the idea of acai berry after learning it was the new “super food.”

“I really got into it, and started doing some research. I’ve had acai berry juice, and I thought that might be a good idea for a Jelly Belly,” Tokarczyk said. He also submitted at least 30 other ideas for new flavors.

He will use his winnings to pay for tuition at Columbia College in Chicago where he started classes on September 2 with plans to study animation.

“We received thousands of submissions for acai berry flavor—it’s clearly on many people’s radar. The voting for the finalist flavors was overwhelming in favor of acai. Honey came in a strong second place. With so many contestants we also required them to submit a 50-word essay as a tie-breaker, and our judging panel chose Joel’s entry,” said Rob Swaigen, director of marketing for Jelly Belly Candy Company.

Acai berries are a hot topic on national talk shows and are showing up in everything from fountain-of-youth supplements to celebrity beauty products, juices, ice cream and energy bars.

The company plans to test development of Acai Berry flavor of Jelly Belly beans and will send a supply to Tokarczyk. The company will offer visitors at the California factory tour a chance to taste the test batch when it’s ready.

Vicente Duque said...

Dee :

A Prominent Conservative guy tells us that Rush Limbaugh is Kryptonite for the Republican Party. With Rush the GOP will always lose elections.

David Frum NEWSWEEK is a Cerebral Republican that analyzes data and Election Results. The guy is very sad and desperate with Rush directing the Republican Orchestra.

Rush is the Best Recipe for Eternal Republican Failure in Elections.
Why Rush is Wrong

By David Frum NEWSWEEK
Published Mar 7, 2009

This is a very long article of four pages. But since I am interested in Numbers, Data, Statistics and Demography, I made a Synopsis or Summary of the article in my MILENIALS.COM

Note that Millennials are very young and in a good proportion they are Latinos, Blacks, Asians, Native American Indians and other Minorities. In a few years most Millennials will be non-Whites.

Today children in Kindergarden are mostly non Whites.

And 50,000 new Latino voters reach the 18 old age every month.

Look for this type of information here :

Vicente Duque

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