‘Deportation Defense’ is Big Business | FrontpageMag (2022)

Left-wing group could get $1 billion from taxpayers to keep gang members here.

As extremist Biden-Harris policies continue to swamp America with illegal aliens, the regime, which has already lavished millions of dollars on a radical George Soros-funded group, may give the so-called social justice outfit another billion taxpayer dollars to prevent illegal aliens from being deported.

The illegals benefiting from this largesse are unaccompanied alien children (UACs) who supposedly have no parents or legal guardians in the U.S. to take care of them.

Many UACs have ties to MS-13 or other gangs, then-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, warned in 2017.

“It is well known that MS-13 actively targets and recruits children as young as eight years old,” the lawmaker said. “While their illegal status and Central American heritage are a key factor in MS-13’s targeting, without a doubt the failures of the current system for handling these children are also to blame.”

“With promises of a cultural community and an escape from often harrowing and isolating living conditions at home, MS-13 has become an attractive option for too many minors,” Grassley added.

This taxpayer-underwritten MS-13 import subsidy comes “amid an escalating border crisisthat saw more than 239,000 migrant encounters in May alone -- a historic high. There were 14,699 encounters of unaccompanied minors in May, an increase from the 12,180 encountered in April and slightly higher than the 14,052 encountered in May 2021,” Fox News reports.

“So far, there have been more than 100,000 unaccompanied minor encounters in fiscal year 2022, which started in October, compared to 147,925 for fiscal year 2021 and 33,239 in fiscal year 2020.”

The Trump administration had been using a Title 42 order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expel without a hearing individuals captured crossing the border illegally because their presence may pose public health risks to Americans. But the Biden-Harris regime reportedly exempted UACs from the order and typically places them in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), after which they are moved to locations across the country. Critics say this empowers not just MS-13 but also drug cartels and human traffickers.

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The leftist lottery winner here is the Brooklyn, New York-based Vera Institute of Justice, which focuses on keeping illegals at large, including those who fail to appear for immigration hearings.

Vera hands out grants to local governments to keep illegals out of detention. Vera also supports the creation of a taxpayer-funded federal defender service to provide legal representation to everyone in immigration proceedings who can’t afford a lawyer.

As I previously wrote, Vera was founded in 1961 by philanthropist Louis Schweitzer and magazine editor Herbert Sturz, who supposedly “recognized the injustice of a bail system in New York City that locked people up simply for being poor.” Schweitzer died in 1971. Sturz, who died last year, had been on the board of radical billionaire George Soros’s grantmaking colossus, the Open Society Institute, which was later renamed Open Society Foundations (OSF). Sturz also served as deputy mayor of New York City for criminal justice, chairman of the city’s planning commission, and as a member of the New York Times editorial board.

Christopher D. Stone, who also died in 2021, was OSF president from 2011 to 2017 and president of the Vera Institute from 1994 to 2004. A deranged legal theorist, Stone kickstarted the environmentalist movement by arguing that trees and bodies of water should have legal rights, which made him a perfect fit with the more-money-than-brains crowd at Soros’s OSF, which of course, has given plenty of grants to Vera over the years. Under Stone’s novel legal theory, perhaps all the farming lands despoiled by illegals streaming across the southern border could sue green groups and Vera for damages.

Originally called the Manhattan Bail Project, Vera focused on helping low-income New Yorkers meet bail conditions that were beyond their means. Nowadays, the institute focuses on immigration-related issues. “Because very few can afford to hire a lawyer, most immigrants face deportation proceedings alone and without any legal defense,” Vera says, omitting the fact that unauthorized “immigrants” shouldn’t be here in the first place.

The institute is headquartered in New York’s 7th congressional district, which is represented by Rep. Nydia Velazquez, a left-wing Democrat running on the ACORN-entangled Working Families Party line in the August 23 primary. Vera used Twitter in 2019 to urge people to attend a protest alongside Velazquez at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, a federal lockup.

Velazquez has sponsored immigration amnesty legislation. In 2019 her bill made it through the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Donald Trump’s hateful policies are creating a climate of fear and uncertainty in immigrant communities,” Velazquez huffed at the time. “Holders of Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure are some of our most vulnerable neighbors who have fled natural disasters and political violence. It would be inhumane and economically disruptive to force these immigrants who have built lives in the U.S. to abruptly leave.”

Velazquez is a member of the militant Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), which declares itself dedicated to taking on “systems of oppression and dismantling structural racism and discrimination” and tackling “systems that privilege the wealthy and powerful.”

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Like the CPC’s website, Vera’s website, too, is a catalog of anti-Americanism.

According to Vera: “In its scale and brutality, the American justice system is a global aberration[,]”; “The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world[,]”; and “People of color are incarcerated at an unmistakably higher rate than white people.”

The group’smissionis “[t]o end the overcriminalization and mass incarceration of people of color, immigrants, and people experiencing poverty.”

Vera is a pioneer in the field of the “deportation defense program,” in which legal representation is provided to a non-citizen, generally an illegal alien, in deportation proceedings, typically at little or no cost to the client.

The deportation defense movement grew out of the sanctuary city movement, which gave illegal aliens permission to rob, rape, and murder Americans by, among other things, stigmatizing immigration enforcement with emotive slogans like “nobody is illegal.”

Like the two movements, the regime is also committed to defining illegal aliens out of existence.

A few weeks after he was installed as president, Joe Biden ordered the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agencies to drop the perfectly good legal term “illegal aliens” because leftists consider it offensive. Going forward “undocumented noncitizen” and “undocumented individuals” would be used.

CBP Deputy Commissioner Troy Miller defended the linguistic swindle as necessary to “set a tone and example.”

“We enforce our nation’s laws while also maintaining the dignity of every individual with whom we interact,” he said. “The words we use matter and will serve to further confer that dignity to those in our custody.”

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Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, promptly ridiculed the new directive.

“We use the term ‘illegal alien’ because they’re here illegally,” the plainspoken lawmaker said. “This kind of weakness and obsession with political correctness is why we’re having a crisis on the border in the first place.”

Given the regime’s ideological bent, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that it is now drowning its friends at the Vera Institute in an ocean of money.

Vera signed a $171.7 million contract with the Department of the Interior (DOI) with a start date of March 30 to help unaccompanied minors stay in the country, Fox News reported July 14. The contract runs until March 2023 but could be extended until March 2027 in which case Vera would be paid $983 million in total.

The DOI contract is in addition to a $158 million contract Vera signed with HHS in 2021 to do the same thing.

The nearly $1 billion figure for DOI grants is also separate from the $310 million the Obama-era HHS gave the Vera Institute in 2015 and 2016 to legally represent UACs, an investigation by the Immigration Reform Law Institute discovered.

Biden is the architect of the current mess at the border. He laid out his plans in his usual mangled English during the primary debates.

Illegals should never be detained, he said June 27, 2019.

“But the fact is that, look, we should not be locking people up. We should be making sure we change the circumstance, as we did, why they would leave in the first place. And those who come seeking asylum, we should immediately have the capacity to absorb them, keep them safe until they can be heard.”

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Biden egged on the border surge on September 12, 2019.

“What I would do as president is several more things because things have changed.I would in fact, make sure that there is we immediately surge to the border all those people are seeking asylum,” he said.

“They deserve to be heard. That’s who we are. We are a nation that says if you want to flee and you’re fleeing oppressionyou should come.”

Biden kept on going with his surge rhetoric March 15, 2020.

“All of the bad things are coming through ports of entry right now. We don’t need a wall and by the wayI would immediately as president surge to the border. I would end this notion for the first time in history the people seeking asylum have to be in squalor on the other side of the river and--and desperate situation.They should be-- be-- come to the United Statesand have a judgment made as to whether or not they qualify. I would also surge to the border immigration judges to make--make decisions immediately and no one, no one would be put in jail while waiting for their hearing.”

Before her affirmative-action hire as vice president, Kamala Harris called for crippling the nation’s immigration enforcement apparatus. As a senator, Harris likened ICE to the Ku Klux Klan during rejected ICE director nominee Ronald Vitiello’s confirmation hearing on November 15, 2018.

To paraphrase Biden, that’s who these people are. They’re not even trying to hide what they really think about America.

With the regime’s enthusiasm for illegal aliens and its desire to put their interests above those of Americans, the billion-dollar DOI grant to the Vera Institute of Justice, which does not include the $468 million it received from HHS, is just the beginning.

The deportation defense industry, whose footprint keeps expanding when leftists are in power, seems like it will become a permanent fixture in America.



What is the most common reason for a person to be deported? ›

Some of the most common reasons for deportation are: An individual violates the terms of their immigration status (green card, nonimmigrant visa, etc.) An individual was inadmissible at the time where they entered the country or adjusted their status.

How do you avoid getting deported? ›

You must meet certain requirements: you must have been physically present in the U.S. for 10 years; you must have good moral character during that time. you must show "exceptional and extremely unusual" hardship to your U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse, parent or child if you were to be deported.

What are the chances of getting deported? ›

Whereas permanent residence is permanent overall, the possibility to get deported exists. There are permanent residents getting deported every year. They get deported in thousands, which is 10% of all people who got deported.

What are the negative effects of deportation? ›

Deported individuals often find it challenging to support their families, and coupled with the trauma and stigma of the deportation, may find it difficult to maintain contact with family members; this often leads to severed relationships (Dreby, 2012; Hagan, Castro, & Rodriguez, 2010; Zayas & Bradlee, 2014).

Can you win a deportation case? ›

If you have been ordered, removed, deported, or excluded, it may be possible to file an appeal with The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and put a stop to your deportation or removal. You must file this notice within 30 days of the decision by the immigration judge that rendered your removable/deportable.

Can you come back after being deported? ›

If you were ordered removed (or deported) from the U.S., you cannot simply turn around and come back. By the legal terms of your removal, you will be expected to remain outside of the country for a set number of years: usually either five, ten, or 20.

Who qualifies for cancellation of removal? ›

To be eligible for cancellation of removal, a permanent resident must show that they: has been a lawful permanent resident for at least five years, has continuously resided in the United States for at least seven years, and. has not been convicted of an aggravated felony.

Can you cancel a deportation order? ›

You can do one of two things: 1). Apply in the court that issued the order of deportation, for the court to vacate or cancel the order of deportation; or 2). Apply with the Immigration Service to waive or cancel your former order of deportation.

How long do deportation orders last? ›

When you have an order of removal from the U.S. you are penalized, and you will not be able to return for 10 years. In many cases even after the 10 years bar it will be difficult to obtain a visa.

How do you ask for a pardon after deportation? ›

  1. Submit a completed Pardon Application (2 pages) to the Governor's Office. ...
  2. Submit a completed Notice of Intent to Apply for Clemency (1 page) to the district attorney(s) in the county or counties of the conviction(s) for the offense(s) for which you are requesting a pardon.

How does ICE know where you live? ›

DMV databases.

For example, ICE can use a state-owned network called Nlets and state criminal justice networks to obtain information about arrests and convictions, or to obtain information from DMV databases about a person, such as their home address or license plate number.

How do I find out if I am on the deportation list? ›

If you or the individual for whom you are trying to find information on have been served immigration court papers, it is easy and free to find out if there is a deportation order. Call 1 (800) 898-7180. Press 1 for English or press 2 for Spanish.

How can an illegal immigrant become legal? ›

4 Paths to Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants
  1. Green Card through Marriage to a U.S. Citizen or LPR.
  2. DREAMers Green Card through Employment with LIFE Act Protection.
  3. Asylum Status.
  4. U Visa for Victims of Crime.
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Can you be deported if you are a citizen? ›

Introduction. Immigration law is rarely cut-and-dry, but in this case the answer is clear. A US citizen—whether he or she is born in the United States or becomes a naturalized citizen—cannot be deported.

How many families are deported? ›

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 5,702 family members, a 110 percent jump from the prior year, according to its year-end report, which covers the period from Oct. 1, 2018, to Sept. 30, 2019.

What are the chances of winning immigration appeal? ›

The Odds Of Winning Are Against You

Few file an appeal. Only 35,000 to 40,000 – less than 20% – keep fighting to stay in the United States with their wife and children. Of the 35,000 to 40,000 who decide to fight the immigration court decision . . . . . . Only 10% win their appeals.

What is 10 year cancellation of removal? ›

What does “10-Year Cancellation of Removal” mean? It means that you may be eligible to stop your deportation and get a green card if you meet ALL of these requirements: You've been in the US for more than 10 years without long trips to your home country. Long trips are anything more than three months.

What happens at a deportation hearing? ›

At this hearing, the immigration authorities must show that you can be deported because you are not a U.S. citizen and have broken certain immigration laws. The judge will also ask you about where you live and what application you plan to submit in order to remain in the United States.

Why do immigrants get deported? ›

The United States may deport foreign nationals who participate in criminal acts, are a threat to public safety, or violate their visa.

What are deportable offenses? ›

The main “Deportable Crimes” categories in California consist of: “Crimes of moral turpitude” (CIMT). These crimes include rape, arson, or murder. If you're convicted of one of these crimes and sentenced to one or more years in prison within five years after being admitted to the U.S. you may be deported.

How do I find out if I am on the deportation list? ›

If you or the individual for whom you are trying to find information on have been served immigration court papers, it is easy and free to find out if there is a deportation order. Call 1 (800) 898-7180. Press 1 for English or press 2 for Spanish.

Can a US citizen be deported? ›

Introduction. Immigration law is rarely cut-and-dry, but in this case the answer is clear. A US citizen—whether he or she is born in the United States or becomes a naturalized citizen—cannot be deported.

How long is the deportation process? ›

How long does the deportation process take? It depends, someone detained will be on an expedited docket (3-6 Months) but a non-detained person will not.

How do you get a visa after being deported? ›

Following deportation, a foreign national would need to file Form I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal. This lets you ask USCIS for permission to submit an application to re-enter the United States.

How does ICE know where you live? ›

DMV databases.

For example, ICE can use a state-owned network called Nlets and state criminal justice networks to obtain information about arrests and convictions, or to obtain information from DMV databases about a person, such as their home address or license plate number.

What crimes can get you deported from the USA? ›

Grounds Of Deportation For Criminal Convictions
  • Aggravated Felonies. The immigration law calls certain crimes aggravated felonies. ...
  • Drug Conviction. ...
  • Crime of Moral Turpitude. ...
  • Firearms Conviction. ...
  • Crime of Domestic Violence. ...
  • Other Criminal Activity.

What are examples of immigration violations? ›

Common Immigration Law Violations
  • Visa Overstay.
  • Entering the U.S. Illegally.
  • Marriage Fraud.
  • Documentation Fraud.

Can ICE deport green card holders? ›

For what reasons? Yes. Unfortunately, undocumented immigrants are not the only non-citizens subject to detention by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”).


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