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Our favorite Illinois representatives Schakowsky and Gutierrez are focusing on what matters most to illegal aliens–staying in America. That’s right, rather than focusing on the problems that legal residents and American citizens in their districts face–such as finding jobs in a horrible economy–these two elected officials are helping law-breakers evade justice.

Thanks to a new policy that makes it easier for illegals to avoid deportation in circumstances such as illness or having family here in the states, Schakowsky and Gutierrez have been successful in aiding six families so far.


The Associated Press:

Democratic Reps. Luis Gutierrez and Jan Schakowsky believe they’ve had success: About six people in the Chicago area recently had deportations halted or delayed after the congressmen intervened, including a Pakistani family who overstayed visas and whose case Schakowsky personally presented to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Since Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced in June that deportations would focus on immigrants who had committed crimes, the congressmen have aggressively sought cases of others with no criminal backgrounds on the verge of deportation—people who are sick, have U.S. citizen family members and who were brought to the U.S. at a young age—and taken them to ICE instead of waiting for a promised review of 300,000 cases pending in federal immigration courts. Napolitano, who announced the review in August, said it started last week.

“We want to help navigate what remains right now a fairly unclear system,” said Schakowsky.

Gutierrez, who has been a national figure in the fight for immigration reform, said his office collected 55 cases after holding a packed public meeting. Those were whittled down to nine and taken to ICE officials who said three cases—all who had either U.S. citizen children or spouses—would have their deportations stopped or delayed due to the change.

Four cases needed further discussion with ICE. One case—a man who had no U.S. ties—was under review and another wasn’t considered eligible because he didn’t have an active immigration case before ICE. Gutierrez is working on gathering more cases in Illinois and South Carolina.

Schakowsky started with one family of four, and delivered a letter citing the memo and the Khafeez family to Napolitano.

The Pakistani immigrants came to the U.S. in 2005 to temporarily escape a dangerous section of Karachi and poor education prospects. They thought they had a five-year visitor visa, but didn’t realize until the eldest son went to apply for a driver’s license and didn’t have proper documents that they had no legal status; their visas had only been for a few months. The family then received a house visit by ICE agents.

Without other avenues for them to stay, all four—including parents facing major health problems—were put into deportation proceedings.

“I had no hope, I thought I had no choice,” said Khawar Hafeez, 19, who’s enrolled in college.

ICE officials reached out to Schakowsky after receiving the letter and said the family’s deportations would be stopped. At their next court hearings, their cases were “administratively closed.” Schakowsky said two other cases from her office are pending and the office is gathering more to take to ICE.

It’s not clear what’s next for the family, whose halted deportations don’t mean they have legal status to stay in the U.S. In Pakistan they don’t have family to help them and the father’s family business was burned down years ago. They hope to be approved for work visas in the U.S., though neither parent is able to work because of poor health and both the teenagers hope to finish school.

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