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"DHS and DOJ have recently established an interagency working group to
implement existing guidance regarding the appropriate use of
prosecutorial discretion in a manner consistent with our enforcement
priorities. This interagency working group will work to determine
that immigration judges, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the
federal courts are focused on adjudicating high priority cases more
swiftly by relieving pressure on the judicial system by identifying very
low priority cases and on a case-by-case basis, setting those cases
aside. This will allow for additional DHS resources to be focused on the
identification and removal of those individuals who pose the greatest
threats. In part, this process will accelerate the removal of high
priority aliens from the country. At no point will any individuals be
granted any form of "amnesty." There will be no reduction in the overall
levels of enforcement and removals – only a more effective way of
marshaling our resources towards our highest priority cases and thus,
increasing the number of criminal aliens and repeat immigration
violators removed from the country."
Kumar Kibble, Deputy Director, ICE, Oct. 4, 2011.