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August 25, 2011 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Outside the Immigration Court building at Ninth and Market Streets on Wednesday, about 100 demonstrators knelt on the sidewalk in memory of recent deportees, whose names they wore on string-and-paper necklaces. It was just one stop in a mile-long walk to increase public pressure on Mayor Nutter to end a program in which the Philadelphia police share the names of the people they arrest - and their country of origin - with federal immigration authorities. Advocates for immigrants say the voluntary agreement, signed in 2008, can result in deportations even when the original criminal charges are dismissed.
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August 12, 2011 | By Anthony Campisi, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge Thursday morning rejected an attempt by a former Delaware County restaurateur known for his family's frequent brushes with the law to withdraw his guilty plea on weapons, tax, and immigration charges. Sean O'Neill, who with his wife owned Maggie O'Neill's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Drexel Hill until selling it in 2006, argued that a guilty plea he made in 2009 was coerced by his then-attorneys, who he said warned him that his wife would be arrested on tax-fraud charges if he did not admit to the crimes.
NEWS
June 18, 2011
A 28-year-old Delaware County woman who faced deportation to her native Guatemala has been given a one-year reprieve by federal authorities. Zulma Villatoro was required to voluntarily return to Guatemala by July 2 or be arrested and expelled. She came to the United States with her mother illegally when she was 14. In 2006, she requested asylum, arguing that Guatemala's gang violence put her in jeopardy as a woman. An immigration judge rejected her argument. Harold A. Ort, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an e-mail Friday: "ICE granted Zulma Villatoro a one-year stay of removal on June 15, 2011.
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June 17, 2011
City Council members Maria Quiñones Sánchez and Jim Kenney introduced a resolution Thursday urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to halt the deportation of Zulma Villatoro, 28, a Guatemalan immigrant living in Chester who was brought illegally to the United States by her parents when she was 14 and faces expulsion July 2. The mother of a 4-year-old daughter who is a U.S. citizen, Villatoro is four months pregnant. She graduated from Chester Upland High School in 2003 and is employed by a McDonald's.
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January 18, 2011 | By JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
CARRYING signs that blared "Stop Unjust Deportation," more than 200 immigrant-rights advocates took to the streets yesterday to rally against what they see as civil-rights injustices. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, they marched to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, at 16th and Callowhill streets, raising their voices for Chally Dang, for Mout Iv, for Davy Phean, for Vanney Van. The four Cambodian immigrants sit in York County Prison, detained by ICE. They had been welcomed into this country as refugees and became legal permanent residents.
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January 18, 2011 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Linking their demonstration to the human-rights theme of Martin Luther King's Birthday, about 200 members of pro-immigrant groups marched Monday from Center City to the regional offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protest the pending deportation of four Cambodian men. Outside the office at 1600 Callowhill St., they festooned a fence with placards - "Stop Tearing Families Apart" - and hundreds of yellow ribbons. "Education, not deportation," they chanted. Rallying the crowd through a bullhorn, Desi Burnette of Media Mobilizing Project, a co-organizer of the march, said the men facing deportation were "heroes" to her because they made serious mistakes and learned from them.
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January 1, 2011 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everyone agrees that Ismoil Samadov and Bekhzod Bakhityarovich Yusupov, two Muslims from Uzbekistan, arrived in the United States in 1999, overstayed their student visas, and are subject to deportation. And there is no question that when the FBI raided the Philadelphia rowhouse Samadov and Yusupov shared with other immigrants in 2002, they found a computer that contained a map of Pennsylvania State Police barracks and jihadi videos downloaded from the Web, including one of a speech by Osama bin Laden.
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December 17, 2010 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
Emmanuel Figueroa, who became the target of vigilante justice after he raped an 11-year-old girl, was sentenced yesterday to eight to 20 years in state prison and five years of probation. Figueroa, 25, will be deported to his native Dominican Republic once his sentence is completed, said Assistant District Attorney Mark Cipolletti. Figueroa, in blue prison clothing, looked straight ahead during his sentencing hearing and barely acknowledged his attorney or the Spanish interpreter who continuously whispered in his ear. In July 2008 he raped the learning-disabled girl after tricking her to come next door to his girlfriend's house on Godfrey Avenue in Lawndale.
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October 7, 2010 | By Brian Bennett, TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration deported a record number of illegal immigrants in fiscal 2010, according to figures released Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Of the 392,862 deportations from October 2009 through September of this year, about half were illegal immigrants with criminal records. The total was about 3,000 more deportations than the record set in the previous year. The second straight year of record deportations from the United States reflects the approach of ICE under the administration to focus its efforts on removing criminal aliens "who pose a national-security or public-safety threat," Department of Homeland Security deputy press secretary Matt Chandler said in a statement.
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