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15,000 Cases Later, Immigration Crackdown Taking its Toll

15,000 Cases Later, Immigration Crackdown Taking its Toll

A federal judge in New Mexico says he is "weary" of an ongoing immigration crackdown. Judge Robert Brack told the L.A. Times that he has “presided over a process that destroys families. In 2010 he wrote his first letter to President Obama asking for a more compassionate approach to immigration. He wrote more letters to the president, and sent copies to members of Congress, over the course of four years. Each letter contained a personal story of a family he had seen in court.

Brack estimates that he has sentenced over 15,000 defendants during his career in the immigration court system. The immigrants he has seen are “hardworking, gentle, uneducated and completely lacking in criminal history. Just simple people looking for work.” He went on to say that the immigrants are not portrayed fairly in the media.

The judge said he faces a moral dilemma. He views the system as unjust, but he took an oath to uphold the law. Whatever his personal feelings may be Judge Brack has been part of a system that prosecuted and convicted over 4,000 people just in the last 12 months. That made them felons, and subject to even more stringent immigration laws.

If you or someone you love is facing the prospect of deportation, it can help to learn more about how the system works. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we are here to help! You can contact our firm at (510) 756-4468 for a free evaluation of your situation.


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