First, the local U.S. Attorney's Offices who are aiding criminal aliens. In the case of Ravi Ragbir, scheduled to be deported last Saturday, the DOJ intervened to rescue Ragbir from deportation. While previously your correspondent identified an ICE official, Thomas Decker, as the saboteur who connived to get Ragbir released, it appears that Decker worked with DOJ attorneys to protect Ragbir, for no DOJ attorney would agree to halt a scheduled deportation without consent from the deciding official from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), the deportation folks at DHS.
With just hours to go before his scheduled Saturday deportation, immigration rights leader Ravi Ragbir sued the federal government on First Amendment grounds and won a temporary stay of removal.
"Like so many people who are living in this country under the threat of deportation, I know how important it is to raise our voices against the injustices in the system," Ragbir said in a statement.
"This lawsuit is not just about me, it is about all of the members of our community who are speaking out in our struggle for immigrant rights," the Brooklyn-based activist said.
In court paperwork dated Thursday, federal prosecutors agreed to postpone Ragbir's deportation until a follow-up court ruling in the case that's not expected until at least mid-March.
[Immigrant Rights Activist Ravi Ragbir Granted Temporary Stay Of Deportation The Day Before His Scheduled Removal, By Victoria Bekiempis and Nancy Dillon, New York Daily News, February 9, 2018]
So, without justification, the attorneys working for Sessions agreed to postpone the deportation of a criminal alien with an outstanding deportation order so the criminal alien could pursue a hopeless lawsuit claiming he can't be deported because he is a public illegal alien. Ragbir's claim is absurd on the face of it and the DOJ just legitimized the specious claim that ICE deports criminal aliens only if they speak up in public. This is sabotage. And unnecessary as the previous judicial order to halt Ragbir's deportation has expired. There was nothing stopping the deportation, except saboteurs in ICE and the DOJ.
Second, the notorious BIA struck again to prohibit the deportation of another illegal alien, this time an illegal alien who had twice overstayed a non-immigrant visa. More shocking is as to why this man and his wife were issued visitor's visas after a previous overstay and subsequent deportation. But one issue at a time. This time the BIA again interfered with an outstanding deportation order for no reason whatsoever.
In a wild day that saw immigration authorities put him on a plane headed for Hawaii, an immigration appeals board halted the deportation of Lawrence resident Syed Jamal, whose case has become an international cause celebre.
The move came after an immigration judge on Monday cleared the way for Jamal’s deportation after denying motions to reopen Jamal’s case and dissolving a stay that he granted last week.
Jamal’s lawyers immediately filed an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals in Virginia, which granted Jamal a new stay of removal. By then, Jamal was in the air after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed him from a deportation staging facility in El Paso, Texas, and put him on a plane.
“They put him on the plane, they told it to take off, before we had gotten the judge’s decision,” Michael Sharma-Crawford, one of Jamal’s attorneys, told KCUR.
The stay by the Board of Immigration Appeals was valid only because the plane had to land in Hawaii for refueling. If that had not occurred, Jamal’s case in immigration court would have effectively ended.
[Immigration Appeals Board Halts Deportation Of Lawrence Resident Syed Jamal, By Frank Morris, Dan Margolies, and Andrea Tudhope, KCUR, February 12, 2018]
There was no reason, other than sabotaging immigration enforcement, for the BIA to reopen this two-time loser Jamal's case. He has no legal option to remain in the United States. Not mentioned is that his wife is also an illegal alien, who has not been arrested for some reason. The BIA was just thumbing its nose at President Trump and laughing at Attorney General Sessions, who refused to supervise the BIA as is his authority. Today, Sessions could overrule the BIA and allow ICE to deport Jamal. However, for some reason Sessions is reluctant to take appropriate action when the BIA uses ideology to protect illegal aliens rather than the law.
Time for Sessions to step up and impose his will on the DOJ in the area of immigration.