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Nearly 100 deported Mexicans get to return to US thanks to Obama admin lawsuit

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In a development that will make Seinfeld fans think of “The Bizzaro Jerry” episode, where things are the exact opposite of what they should be, the Obama administration settled a lawsuit that will allow illegal immigrants to RETURN to the United States.

The American Civil Liberties Union, representing nearly 100 Mexicans, filed a class-action lawsuit that claimed U.S. immigration officials failed to advise people of their rights, according to Fox News Latino.

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With a Wednesday deadline pressing for complainants to return to America, the administration settled by agreeing to make policy changes and to allow some of the Mexicans to return.

Oh, and to set up a hotline for illegal immigrants seeking legal assistance.

That’s right, in a move that’s just a stretch away from aiding and abetting, the Obama administration is assisting illegal immigrants to return to America. Given this administration’s history, don’t be surprised if the U.S. doesn’t sent a taxpayer-funded airliner to Mexico to pick them up.

The ACLU filed the suit in 2013 challenging a procedure known as voluntary return, which is used to expel illegal immigrants from the country.

Fox News Latino reported:

Under the procedure, people surrender rights to appear before an immigration judge and can’t legally return to the U.S. for up to 10 years. The lawsuit claimed authorities threatened people into accepting the terms.

The government didn’t acknowledge wrongdoing but agreed to changes in California that include a revised form that spells out the consequences and options of a voluntary return, new training and procedures and an information hotline for detainees seeking legal aid.

The government also agreed to let some Mexicans return to the U.S. to resume efforts to stay legally.

 

One of the complainants, Lucy Sanchez, an illegal immigrant who first came to California in 1996, said immigration officials coerced her into signing a voluntary return.

“They didn’t even let me read it, they just said sign here,” Sanchez said.

A mother of U.S. citizens — see anchor babies — Sanchez was allowed to return in August to pursue obtaining legal status.

The settlement applies only to the San Diego sector and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Los Angeles and San Diego field offices, Fox News Latino reported and there are some restrictions on who’s eligible, such as “being married to a U.S. citizen after entering the country legally, being in the country for at least 10 years and having a spouse, child or parent who relies on them, or being eligible to be shielded from deportation under President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order.”

Tom Tillison

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