This afternoon, the Obama Administration announced a new deportation review process while restating a deep commitment to fixing immigration laws and aggressively searching for partners in Congress to pass a new law that would “meets our nation’s economic and security needs.” According to a recent White House blog post, the Administration
has developed a strategy to make sure we use those resources in a way that puts public safety and national security first. If you were running a law enforcement agency anywhere in the world, you would target those who pose the greatest harm before those who do not. Our immigration enforcement work is focused the same way.
The announcement included the following information on targeted deportation:
Today, they announced that they are strengthening their ability to target criminals even further by making sure they are not focusing our resources on deporting people who are low priorities for deportation. This includes individuals such as young people who were brought to this country as small children, and who know no other home. It also includes individuals such as military veterans and the spouses of active-duty military personnel.
For more information on proposed guidelines for targeted deportation, Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion Consistent with the Civil Immigration Enforcement Priorities of the Agency for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Aliens
LIRS comment on the announcement coming soon.