Obama Adminstration Halts Some Deportations

 

In another push to get Congress to pass some kind of comprehensive immigration reform, the Obama administration announced it will stop deporting students and other unauthorized immigrants who do not pose a public safety threat and allow them to work in the country legally.

As part of this policy change, a new federal group will review the 300,000 backlogged deportation cases with an eye toward prosecuting criminals and similar high-priority cases. But for those cases involving upstanding high school and college students who were brought here illegally, military veterans and adults with no criminal record and strong family ties to the US, federal officials will effectively close those cases.

It’s about time.

Critics were quick to jump on the announcement as “administrative amnesty” or “backdoor amnesty,” while most Democrats applauded the measure.

The policy only affects those who have already been placed into deportation proceedings. And those immigrants who are deemed a low priority are not free from prosecution. Immigration officials will simply close their file but have the ability to reopen the case and continue with proceedings at any time.

Administration officials hope the case-by-case review will save time and resources by allowing immigration authorities to focus first and foremost on the most dangerous in their custody.

It is too soon to tell the immediate impact of the policy change, but at least on the surface this represents a big change in direction and is a good reminder that DREAM Act legislation would have passed this Congress, had Republicans shown enough statesmanship to put it up for a vote.

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53 comments

William C
William C9 months ago

Thank you.

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W. C
W. C9 months ago

Thanks.

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LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Thank you.

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LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Thank you.

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Sarah M.
Sarah M6 years ago

This is a great step. It's been a long time coming. This makes me really happy, and anyone with a heart should be happy too. All you cold-hearted cynics can just shut it.

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Jane R.
Jane R6 years ago

Anyone here illegally should be deported ASAP! They do not belong here. They are breaking our laws. So why are they being rewarded with free housing and food stamps. We have American citizens who get less help than they do. This is soooo wrong!!

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Brigid C.
Brigid C6 years ago

I think that this reform is good. Children especially who were born here even though their parents are illegal, it's not their fault. They don't know any country except the US and ther is no reason they can't be good citizens

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Miranda Lyon
Miranda Lyon6 years ago

Undocumented immigrants have been "invited" here by US employers. Undocumented immigrants have largely been productive, contributing citizens. Some people who fall under undocumented immigrant status have been in the US for decades...they are parents, grandparents, of US citizens. Undocumented immigrants have given to our country in so many ways, and I think it's time to give them justice for there contributions. I know you will say, John, that "justice" means punishment, deportation, etc. We disagree, and both hold our opinions, obviously so strongly and deeply, that all we can do is agree that we profoundly disagree. Time will take this issue one way or the other, and both of us will have to live with wherever it takes it.

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john hall
john hall6 years ago

Miranda what do you don't get illegal means illegal and by letting them stay here or say well there paying into the system you are rewarding them for breaking the law . What we need to do if your going to turn your back on this law let's throw out all laws in the u.s. .

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Miranda Lyon
Miranda Lyon6 years ago

(continuing...part 2 to comment below)

...would be a start. The vast majority of illegal immigrants are decent, moral, hard-working people. They are your neighbors.

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