Prosecutorial Indiscretion: How the Prosecutorial Discretion Policy Failed to Keep its Promise

"After years of partisan gridlock on immigration reform, President Obama and Congress-on both sides of the aisle--look poised to pass an immigration reform bill in the coming year. In recent months, the White House has also unrolled administrative policies that begin to mitigate the damage of our broken immigration system-- the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, implemented on August 15th, 2012, and additional administrative changes that will allow families of US citizens to reunite more easily. Before either of these two policies, however, the administration unfurled its prosecutorial discretion policy in August 2011--a policy that had the potential to provide temporary relief to immigrant communities while the fight for broader reforms continue, but that turned out to fall far short of expectations. This report looks at the deficiencies in the prosecutorial discretion policy itself and in its implementation; and makes recommendations to improve the policy while the fight for immigration reform legislation continues." - NYIC, Jan. 8, 2013.