I'm still in Los Angeles, but I wait for the knock on the door in the middle of the night. ICE agents usually show up at 6 a.m., fully armed.
I moved here with my family from Canada, when I was two years old in 1962. I'm a legal permanent resident of 48 years. I am 51 now, with the most recent 9 years spent fighting for my right to stay in the only country I've ever known. The 9th Circuit just denied my due process claim against the Board of Immigration Appeals. How could I have filed my last petition within the 90 day time limit if the Board never served me my Final Removal Order?
How could I have ever imagined that a $50 eight-track tape deck would, thirty-one years later, place me on the wrong side of a DOJ tribunal and the agency charged with keeping us safe from terrorists? The conviction no longer exists. I managed to get a lower court to reopen and vacate a 30-year-old expunged misdemeanor (all the court documents were destroyed by fire years ago), but I can't get the U.S. Department of Justice to stop blocking my efforts to get this dang deportation order lifted.
Federal bureaucrats hate to lose. I guess that's why the Department of Homeland Security illegally yanked my bond in March of 2008. I'm one of those immigrants "at risk". I assure you, waiting for heavily armed Federal agents to wake me up at 6 a.m. to take me to a lock-up facility is a form of mental torture.
I found out shortly before removal proceedings began, that my maternal grandmother’s family was Jewish. A familiar story. Then I found out I was being kicked out of my homeland. Another familiar story.
As my son Max and I watched the New York Times documentary on Zebulon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan, he asked me why Simantov won’t leave Afghanistan. Knowing the answer, I told him. "He doesn’t want to be forced out of the only country he’s ever known. With even one remaining Jew, the Taliban can’t claim victory."
Not that I can compare the Department of Homeland security and its puppet DOJ tribunal (The Board of Immigration Appeals) to the Taliban.
Or can I?
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