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Hartwell On Insane actions by ICE




 

Richard Hartwell

Guest Column

Action Dream Team


Saturday Night, His girl friend beside him, Christian Reyes is taking flowers to a relative’s daughter’s baptismal celebration.

 

Then it happens, flashing lights, taillight isn’t working, handcuffs, a crying hysterical girl friend must now run to the planned celebration to tell Christians mother, younger brother and little sister that the police have taken Christian away.

 

They can’t contact him. Sunday goes by, friends are trying to help. A lawyer is called. They don’t have an A# so they can’t track him. They wait. Sunday goes by, no word. Monday afternoon they get a call, expect a call on Tuesday afternoon. No word Tuesday.

 

Wednesday afternoon Christian’s girlfriend gets a text. “I signed the paper. They said if I didn’t they would hold me for two months in Tacoma and then I would be deported anyway.”

 

They go to the jail. He isn’t there. Where is he? Are they taking him the 700 plus miles to the detention center in Tacoma WA. Are they sending him to Mexico without word or even a goodbye? Stroke of luck, someone found him listed as being held in a neighboring county’s jail. What does it mean? What are they doing? When can we talk to him? Can’t sleep. Can’t eat. Can’t think. The world around them crumbles.

This is the scene, repeated over and over hundreds of times a day, every day.
 



 

On June 17th 2011 John Morton Director of ICE put forth a memo giving guidelines for the use of prosecutorial discretion. On August 18th 2011 Janet Nepolitano sent a letter to Senator Dick Durbin confirming the intent of DHS and ICE to follow the June 17th memo and review the 300,000 cases clogging the system and making the priority cases those that were criminals and not low priority undocumented individuals. To date local and field officers of ICE have thumbed their nose with comments like “We are completely unhappy,” Chris Crane said recently.



 

The head of the union that represents the country’s immigration enforcement officers, Crane has recently been on a crusade to undermine the intent of the June 17th 2011 John Morton Memo, and the administration. Ice has shown callous disregard and has instead tried to speed up the timeline to deportation by bullying and intimidating those picked up with no criminal record and whom they know would qualify for prosecutorial discretion into signing voluntary deportation papers.

 

This is wrong. It is time to show support for even small steps taken to try to give relief to hard working immigrants until such time as a do nothing Congress and a deadlocked Senate have the courage to take on and fix a broken and destructive immigration policy. I for one call on the Union head and it’s members to stand down and stop the insubordination.

 

Thank you Richard Hartwell from Action Dream Team for your fine article!  While the Obama White House may think it is in charge, the Department of Homeland Security has other thoughts.  They show little effort in following the directive written by the commander in chief.  Instead, they act of their own accord, ignoring directives from superiors, interested only in numbers and egos, with a heartless disregard for the lives they are tearing up.

When a security agency begins to take the rules and laws it wants and ignore the ones it does not want, the agency has become rogoue and out-of-touch with the citizens it serves.  Super agencies like this which are answerable to no-one, can have their way even if their commander and chief says it isn’t supposed to be that way.  Too bad.

 

Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) will solve many problems.  Included within CIR is the Dream Act which would allow young people to go to school or go to the military.  When we roll up our sleeves we can solve our problems.  When our government refuses to listen to superiors, it is time to give those who refuse to listen a permanent vacation!

 

 

Posted September 7th, 2011.

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ICE Ignores Morton Guidelines For Deportation, Races Teacher Out Of Country



High School Spanish Teacher

DEPORTED!

No Criminal History

Prostate Cancer Survivor

Married US Citizen


Current Work Authorization

 

Five year old step-daughter cries for her “Papa”

 

 

Esterny Ironche, an immigrant from Spain, was deported by ICE last week despite new rules which should have allowed him to stay. According to the Houston Chronicle, despite being directed to do so, ICE has not started to review thousands of cases to determine which immigrants qualify for new guidelines from an August 18th memorandum handed down by John Morton, Director of ICE.  The guidelines allow prosecutors “discretion” in the way they handle cases.  Prosecutors can choose not to prosecute cases which pose little security risk.  Factors to be considered include age, Ironche was 55, whether the immigrant has a criminal history, Ironche had none, the immigrant’s health status, Ironche  and ties the immigrant has with this country and his home country.  Marriage to a US citizen was a strong factor in Irounche’s favor.

 

 

According to the Houston Chronicle, it is as if ICE never heard of the letter from it’s director.   The agency is ignoring the guidelines that could save thousands of immigrants the agony of broken families, as ICE continues hustling as many immigrants over the border as it possibly can. Last year, ICE deported a record number of people, just under 500,000.  Presumably, the agency is waiting for instructions on how to evaluate cases before it begins to review an approximate 300,000 immigrants in the process of being deported.




Sha’Vonne Ironche, Isterny’s wife, was distraught after receiving a phone call from her husband who was placed into ICE custody on August 5th.   Last Tuesday, Immigration officials told the imprisoned school teacher to have his bag packed by 5:00 that night because he was being deported.  Upon hearing the news, Sha’Vonne fainted and had to be taken home by her mother who was called by school offiicials.

 

 

Ironche taught high school Spanish under a current work permit which had been renewed for years.  He came to the US legally but over-stayed his visa 15 years ago.  In 1995, he applied for a green card after marrying another girl.  The green card application was denied after the couple later divorced.  Ironche married Sha’Vonne in 2009.  Officials grilled Ironche about the marriage when a new green card application was submitted in 2010.

 

 

 

Esterney Ironche was a great American who contributed to his students, his community and his church.  He posed no threat to his community and in fact was a credit to his community.   How many Spanish students would relish the chance to study under a professor whose learned to speak in Spain?  Ironche’s desperate fight to remain an American was lost when a rogue agency blazed forward with it’s own agenda, more concerned with performing quotas than conforming to the spirit of directives from superiors.  A good place to start in the Ironche case is to fire those officials who are responsible for this travesty of justice.

 

The wreck left behind, a five year old with no father, students with no teacher, a wife who will struggle to make house payments, and if she is not able to, a bank that must deal with another foreclosure, all so ICE can brag about it’s great deportation record, is a tragic testament to what has become justice in America.  We must have a secure country to enjoy a secure society.  While ICE has made great strides in stopping international sex trafficking and drug smuggling, they are failing the American people when it comes to keeping productive people in the country rather than exporting our talent to compete against us.  As for family values and keeping the family unit together, ICE divides families with the stone cold precision of a well practiced divorce attorney.  While it will be decades before the damage this agency is doing to families can be tallied, a child sliced from a parent can tell in only minutes .

 

Those who believe they are safe after the Morton letter should take heed.   Like a freight train with no brakes, the massive federal agency which has gone to great lengths to apprehend and deport immigrants cannot be stopped on a dime.   Since ICE refuses to follow the orders of even it’s director, the best way to resolve immigration problems is through Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) including the Dream Act.   These kinds of laws don’t get passed without a tremendous effort from concerned citizens and immigrants.  No person has the luxury of sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what will happen.  As a five year old child cries out for
“Papa”, the future of many lives remains at stake.

 

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Posted August 28th, 2011.

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Update – Alberto Yañez – In Deportation – Breaking


Alberto Yañez

 

 

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Dream Act Student

 

 

 

I have been informed by a source “in the know” an announcement will be coming shortly.  We need to keep up the pressure, and keep Alberto and his family in our prayers!

 

 

Please stay tuned, we will bring you news of Alberto as soon as we hear!

 

 

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Let’s Pass the Dream Act and give young people like Alberto a chance at the American Dream!  Please pass this on to your friends and let’s bring enlightenment to a generation of people who don’t know what it is like to be young and undocumented!

Posted July 8th, 2011.

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Stop Deportation Of Alberto Yañez – Dreamer Denied The Dream


 

 

 

Alberto Yañez

 

Arrested by ICE

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Alberto Yañez

 

Please help stop his deportation!

 

 

One more Dreamer facing life in a strange land!

 

 

Yañez, from Elma, Washington, is facing deportation.  “Going home” is not something that is going to be an easy fit for the 24 year old. That is because he came to the US when he was only a year a half old.

 

 

Sure, he walked here.  Not really.  More likely, he was carried on the backs of relatives.  But an unfair immigration system does not care this young person had no say in crossing the border or exceeding a stay under a visa or a thousand other reasons why they can deport you. 

 

 

 

Under our justice system, we don’t usually hold babies responsible for committing what amounts to an administrative violation of immigration rules.  Don’t tell anyone, but most babies don’t have a clue what the border is, much less how to cross it.  How can they be responsible for violating the rules?  Immigration says Alberto has to go home anyway.

 

 

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Richard Hartwell


That is not to say Alberto is anything short on the brains department. In third grade, Alberto was placed into a program for gifted children.  He was taking AP courses while in high school competing against his US born friends who were also upwardly mobile.  After getting to Washington he enrolled in a program called “running smart”, which allowed him to graduate from South Puget Sound Community College only 6 months after graduating from high school.

 

 

 

 

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Evergreen State College


Alberto’s next step was Evergreen State College where he completed 5 quarters while holding down a full time job.  It had to be that way.  Alberto is the father of three children.  He has a family to support.

 

 

 

Please Sign Alberto’s Petition

 

 

But starting an early family has not kept this youth from reaching for the American Dream.  Alberto started his own business so he would have enough flexible time to be a good father and go back to school.  He wants to be a pharmacist tech and has been studying at Clover Park Technical College.  Despite working his tail off in two jobs and taking care of his children, he got a B in one of his classes during his first quarter at Clover.  He managed A’s in his other three classes.

 

 

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Into every life some rain must fall.  For Alberto that rainy day came on November 16th, 2010.  Alberto was detained by ICE at his home.  That started a nightmare stay in ICE detention where he spent 30 agonizing days away from his family, away from his work and out of school.

 

 

 

Alberto’s next scheduled hearing is July 7th, 2011.  He may face deportation today.  His family and friends are asking you to sign a petition on his behalf.  Even if he does not get a free ride across the border today, meaning maybe his case might be continued, he can still use your support.  These cases tend to take awhile.  Strong community support is critical for successful candidates.

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Clover Park Technical College


Alberto is exactly the kind of case they are talking about when they say President Barak Obama should stop deportations of Dream Act eligible students.  These include people who had little choice, or worse, have no memory about how they came to the US.  Either they are in school or soon to be in school.  Likely, they have strong family ties to the US, including children or parents who are US citizens.  Imagine what a deportation will do to the future of three kids who could be forced to grow up without a father.

 

 

 

Please sign Alberto’s petition

 

 

 

Please sign the petition originally penned by Richard Hartwell, an activist fighting his heart out for the passage of the Dream Act.  Let’s just say, if you have Richard on your side you have a darn good friend!

Posted July 8th, 2011.

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