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Deportations Under New U.S. Policy Are Inconsistent

"A new Obama administration policy to avoid deportations of illegal immigrants who are not criminals has been applied very unevenly across the country and has led to vast confusion both in immigrant communities and among agents charged with carrying it out." - New York Times, Nov. 13...

Deportation focus is now on criminals

"The Obama administration has started implementing a controversial new policy intended to unclog crowded Immigration Courts by focusing only on cases involving [unauthorized] immigrants with criminal records. On Thursday, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyers nationwide, including...

Hoping for reprieve: Md. immigrants await new policy

"Alfaro is among the first in the nation whose immigration case will be reviewed under a new Obama administration policy that directs federal prosecutors to focus attention on people who have committed crimes since arriving in the United States while freezing the cases of some who have not. Baltimore...

An Incremental Change

"[Despite the new case review policy,] the immigration courts are still likely to be overwhelmed by deportation cases. The pipeline is fed by programs like Secure Communities, the discredited dragnet that makes every cop a potential immigration agent, empowered to enforce federal immigration...

Immigration Lawyers Say Enforcement of Deportation Memo Falls Short

"Matthew Kolken, a social-media-savvy immigration attorney based in Buffalo, told The Daily Beast he can count 'less than a handful' of cases in which 'favorable prosecutorial discretion was exercised' since the memo was issued. To Kolken, the Obama administration plays...

DHS Ponders Possible Amelioration to Deportation Regimen

"Homeland Security officials are considering at least two major policy changes to scale back deportations of immigrants in the country illegally to comply with President Obama’s order for “more humane” enforcement efforts, officials said Friday. The first change would ease or stop...

White House Delays Deportation Policy Changes

"President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer, senior White House officials said Tuesday, in a move aimed at salvaging any hopes for Congress to act on immigration this year." - AP, May...