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April 26, 1987
A Los Angeles immigration judge, denying defense allegations of government misconduct, refused to dismiss a deportation case against eight people accused of belonging to a Palestinian Marxist group. Immigration Judge Ingrid Hrycenko also denied defense allegations that the charges were unconstitutional and that the government was singling out Arabs.
September 27, 1998
The deportation of Luis Gabriel Gurrea as reported in Tuesday's issue ("Immigration Law Separates Valley Pair," Sept. 22) is outrageous. Why doesn't the INS go after the criminal, unemployed, dangerous illegal immigrants living here instead of productive members of society who misunderstand the law? I'm sending an appeal to Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein and others to bring this man back and stop wasting my tax dollars harassing the misinformed at 4:30 in the morning! There are certainly enough criminal illegals for the INS to round up rather than chasing some baby's father!
June 25, 2008
Re "Out of jail -- and out of the country," June 22 I do not see the controversy in screening illegal immigrants in L.A. County jails, as long as the screenings are mistake-free. Taxpayers are wasting their money incarcerating illegal immigrants. Illegal immigration is a crime, and one of the consequences of this crime is deportation. Screenings are essential; they lead to the deportation of criminals and put taxpayer money to better use. Every state should implement screenings and try to perfect them.
January 14, 2010 | By Sebastian Rotella
As a result of the chaos and death caused by the earthquake in Haiti, U.S. immigration officials have decided to temporarily suspend the deportation of Haitians, the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday. The decision to suspend flights carrying deportees back to Haiti has ramifications for thousands of Haitian illegal immigrants in the United States, officials said. "Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Secretary John Morton today halted all removals to Haiti for the time being in response to the devastation caused by yesterday's earthquake," DHS spokesman Matt Chandler said.
Two Palestinians facing deportation because of alleged ties to terrorism argued Monday in Los Angeles that the government's case is legally flawed and should be dismissed. The two are among the so-called L.A. 8, Palestinian activists who began their fight against deportation more than 13 years ago in a case that has attracted international attention. The eight have denied terrorist activity and portray themselves as victims of overzealous U.S. officials.
April 2, 1995 | LESLIE BERESTEIN
Illegal immigrants in the process of being deported who can prove they have been in the United States for at least seven years are learning how to press their own cases for suspension of deportation in immigration court. A pilot program to train prospective deportees has been set up by attorneys from the El Rescate center for Latin American immigrants and refugees, based in Pico-Union. The first class was held March 9, and a second one was Thursday.
February 18, 2012 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
  Brothers Manuel and Valente Valenzuela still don their dress blue military uniforms with the ramrod-straight posture from their Vietnam War days. Manuel, a former Marine, carried out rescue missions. Valente, an Army soldier, was wounded and received a Bronze Star. The brothers, both in their 60s, are now waging a legal battle against an unexpected foe: the U.S. government. They are trying to stop the country they served from deporting them to Mexico. On Saturday, they took their protest to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they marched in a demonstration that mixed solemn defiance with unabashed patriotism.
June 16, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A U.S. Immigration judge in San Diego has granted a motion to reopen the case of a Santa Cruz High School student who faced deportation to Mexico. The department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement had joined the lawyer for Alfredo Salas, 16, in requesting that his case be reopened. Salas was born in Mexico but grew up in Santa Cruz. When he was returning from a visit to Mexico in 2001, he was detained at the U.S. border.
August 30, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
An immigration judge has ordered the deportation of an Egyptian man 10 months after he was jailed at the San Diego Correctional Facility at Otay Mesa and detained without bail because of fears he could be a security threat. Abdelrehim Kewan, 36, drove up to the gates of Camp Pendleton last year, saying he had taken a wrong turn and needed directions. Federal officials detained him two weeks later when they discovered that his immigration status was unsettled.
April 30, 1987
The Times reports (April 21) that it took an eight-year court battle to finally deport Karl Linnas, an accused Nazi war criminal, to the Soviet Union. The fight was lengthy, the article said, because of the "American distrust of the Soviet judicial system." What a misplaced argument! Since 1945 the U.S. government has ignored or even protected and used former Nazis and tolerated their presence in our nation because, through some twisted reasoning, they are "anti-Communist." I certainly do not trust the American judicial system to deal with former Nazis as they should be dealt with.
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