U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals Affirms Deportation (Removal) of Former Salvadoran General José Guillermo Garcia

As mentioned in a prior post, in October 2009, the Department of Homeland Security charged that General Jose Guillermo Garcia, who had been residing in the U.S. since his retirement from the Salvadoran military, was removable (or deportable) from the U.S. under the Immigration and Nationality Act on the grounds that he had committed, ordered, … Continue reading U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals Affirms Deportation (Removal) of Former Salvadoran General José Guillermo Garcia

El Salvador’s Supreme Court Invalidates Salvadoran Amnesty Law

On July 13, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of El Salvador decided, 4 to 1, that the country’s amnesty law of 1993 was unconstitutional. This post will examine that decision and a subsequent post will discuss the impact of that decision on the pending criminal case in Spain regarding the 1989 murders of … Continue reading El Salvador’s Supreme Court Invalidates Salvadoran Amnesty Law

New Examination of the 1980 Rapes and Murders of the Four American Churchwomen in El Salvador

  The November 10, 2014, edition of the New York Times published a video and textual “RetroReport”[1] by Clyde Haberman about the December 1980 rapes and murder in El Salvador of the four American Churchwomen: Maryknoll missionaries Maura Clarke, Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel and Jean Donovan. The article contains disturbing videos of the exhumation of … Continue reading New Examination of the 1980 Rapes and Murders of the Four American Churchwomen in El Salvador

Inspiration of a Christian Lawyer by the Martyred Jesuit Priests of El Salvador

In my first visit to El Salvador in April 1989 I did not know anything about the University of Central America (Universidad de Centro America or UCA) or about its Jesuit professors.                 That started to change when the other members of my delegation and I visited UCA’s … Continue reading Inspiration of a Christian Lawyer by the Martyred Jesuit Priests of El Salvador

U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals Decides Former Salvadoran General Should Be Deported

On March 10, 2015, the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decided that former Salvadoran General Vides Casanova should be deported from the U.S. [1] This was the conclusion of the BIA in dismissing Casanova’s appeal from an immigration judge, after trial, deciding that he had had a direct role in the abuse and killings of civilians … Continue reading U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals Decides Former Salvadoran General Should Be Deported

U.S. Orders Deportation of Former Salvadoran General

    As mentioned in a prior post, in October 2009, the Department of Homeland Security charged that General Jose Guillermo Garcia, who had been residing in the U.S. since his retirement from the Salvadoran military, was removable (or deportable) from the U.S. under the Immigration and Nationality Act on the grounds that he had … Continue reading U.S. Orders Deportation of Former Salvadoran General

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: LAW (U.S. TORTURE VICTIMS PROTECTION ACT )

  # Date Title 175 12/10/11 The Torture Victims Protection Act,http://dwkcommentaries.com/2011/11/14/the-u-s-alien-tort-statute-2004-present/ 183 12/ 20/11 TVPA Lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court Over the Murders of the American Churchwomen,http://dwkcommentaries.com/2011/12/20/tvpa-lawsuit-in-u-s-federal-court-over-the-murders-of-the-american-churchwomen-2/ 159 11/11/11 Former Salvadoran Generals Held Liable by U.S. Courts for $54.6 Million for Failure To Stop Torture, http://dwkcommentaries.com/2011/11/11/former-salvadoran-generals-held-liable-by-u-s-courts-for-54-6-million-for-failure-to-stop-torture/ 160 11/13/11  Former Salvadoran Vice-Minister of Defense Held Liable by … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: LAW (U.S. TORTURE VICTIMS PROTECTION ACT )

Developments in Using U.S. Immigration Law To Enforce International Human Rights

As noted in a prior post, U.S. immigration law provides at least two means of enforcing international human rights. Removal or Deportation from the U.S.  Foreigners can be deported or removed from the U.S. if they “ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in genocide . . . or . . . any act of torture … Continue reading Developments in Using U.S. Immigration Law To Enforce International Human Rights

Fr. Dean Brackley, S.J., Another Brave Jesuit Priest

On my 2010 trip to El Salvador, I had the honor and privilege to be a member of a group of Americans who spent some time with our fellow American, Fr. Dean Brackley, S.J., then the Rector of the University of Central America (Universidad de Centro America or UCA). I recall being impressed by his warm … Continue reading Fr. Dean Brackley, S.J., Another Brave Jesuit Priest