In June 2011, DHS announced the initiative would improve efficiency
in an overburdened system, provide relief from deportation for men,
women, and children who pose no threat to our communities, and focus
resources on deporting dangerous criminals, recent border crossers, and
egregious immigration law violators. However, only 1.5 percent of
individuals in immigration proceedings have had their cases closed
through prosecutorial discretion, including only 22 people in the region
covered by the Chicago immigration court.
“The government must implement a meaningful prosecutorial discretion
policy that corrects the injustices that are rampant in our country’s
immigration system. Last week, the administration took a notable step
when it announced that it will stop the deportations of DREAM
Act-eligible youth. We remain concerned about the thousands of other
immigrants—including the family members of DREAMers—who still need
protection,” said NIJC Director of Legal Services Mony Ruiz-Velasco.
“Until the administration’s original commitment to exercise
prosecutorial discretion for ‘low-priority’ immigrants is fulfilled,
families will still be torn apart. We must continue to hold the
administration accountable for its promises.”
calls on the administration to respond to a Freedom of Information Act
request submitted in October 2011, which asked for any information and
internal correspondence regarding the rollout of the much-lauded
prosecutorial discretion initiative. The request also asked for data
about the number of people who have been granted or denied prosecutorial
NIJC is represented by pro bono lawyers at SNR Denton." - NIJC, June 18, 2012.
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