Obama Administration Alters Policy on Deporting Illegal Immigrants

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Obama administration Alters Policy on Deporting Aliens

Miriam Jordan


In a surprise announcement, the Obama administration said it will review the deportation cases of 300,000 illegal immigrants and might allow many of them to stay in the U.S., a decision that angered immigration hard-liners and pleased Hispanic advocacy groups.


Under the plan, federal authorities will review individually all cases of immigrants currently in deportation proceedings. Those who haven't committed crimes and who aren't considered a threat to public safety will have a chance to stay in the U.S. and to later apply for a work permit.


The shift could help counter growing discontent among Hispanic voters and immigration advocacy groups about record deportations; audits of businesses that have pushed undocumented workers underground; and the lack of progress toward overhauling the immigration system under President Barack Obama.


The announcement comes as several states seek to pass laws to crack down on illegal immigrants, including millions who flocked to the U.S. before the recession to take blue-collar jobs in the construction, agriculture and hospitality sectors.


A senior administration official described the move as an effort to better use limited immigration-enforcement resources and to alleviate pressure on an overburdened immigration-court system. The idea, this person said, is to "identify low-priority cases . . . and administratively close the case so they no longer clog the system." The official added that such cases could be reopened by the government at any time.


While the announcement doesn't address illegal immigrants who aren't involved in deportation proceedings, it could benefit them indirectly. "They will be less likely to enter the caseload to begin with, so we can focus on folks in the caseload who are high priority," said the administration official.


Critics described the decision as a step by the administration toward offering amnesty for illegal immigrants. "The Obama administration should enforce immigration laws, not look for ways to ignore them," said Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), head of the House Judiciary Committee.


Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which lobbies against legalization, said: "In essence, the administration has declared that U.S. immigration is now virtually unlimited to anyone willing to try to enter -- subject only to those who commit violent felonies after arrival."


Others welcomed the move. Ali Noorani, executive director National Immigration Law Forum, a nonpartisan advocacy organization, described it as a "step forward" and a "sound policy decision that uses valuable law-enforcement resources to remove those who once caused harm but keeps contributing members of the immigrant community here."


The majority of agricultural workers in the U.S. are illegal immigrants. "We hope this is a move toward an immigration solution that works for agriculture," said Jason Resnick, general counsel of Western Growers, a California-based association that represents produce growers. "Even in this time of great unemployment, we are not seeing domestic workers apply for jobs."


In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nevada) outlining the decision, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that an interagency working group would execute a "case-by-case review of all individuals currently in removal proceedings to ensure that they constitute our highest priorities."


Administration officials said low-priority cases likely to be shelved include individuals brought to the U.S. as children by their parents, undocumented spouses of U.S. military personnel, and immigrants who have no criminal record.


"This process will allow additional federal enforcement resources to be focused on border security and the removal of public safety threats," Ms. Napolitano said in the letter.


Current immigration policy aims to deport illegal immigrants who commit serious crimes, but critics say it is snaring too many immigrants who have committed only minor offenses, like traffic violations, or who have called police to report a crime. Controversy over the Secure Communities program is threatening the president's relations with the Hispanic community.


This week, there have been protests in several cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta, prompted by an increase in deportations and a recent announcement that the administration plans to expand the program.


More than 390,000 people were removed from the U.S. in each of the last two years, surpassing previous years. Immigration courts are so clogged it can often take more than a year for a judge to rule on a deportation case.


U.S. immigration policy has eclipsed the economy and jobs as the top issue for Hispanic voters, according to a national poll released in June. To Hispanic voters, Mr. Obama has touted his support for an immigration overhaul that would put illegal immigrants on the path to legalization, and has bemoaned a lack of support from Republicans.


The immigration issue is a critical one for Mr. Obama as he prepares for reelection. He won 67% of the Hispanic vote in 2008.


Republicans are unlikely to significantly increase their share of the Hispanic vote, but Mr. Obama needs Latinos to turn out in large numbers.


An effort to pass the Dream Act, which would allow certain young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children to stay, failed at the end of last year and has little chance in the Republican-controlled House. The prospects for comprehensive immigration legislation, which would provide a path to citizenship for a broader group of illegal immigrants, are even worse.


Hispanic lawmakers have called on the Obama administration to hold off deporting any young people who would qualify for legal residency under the Dream Act. Last month, four House Democratic wrote Mr. Obama arguing that most of those being deported "are not criminals and pose no threat to our country's security."


Mercedes Gonzalez, 18 years old, who is facing deportation after being pulled over for speeding, briefly met Mr. Obama last month after he gave a speech to a Hispanic advocacy group. She said in an interview that the president told her: "Everything is going to be fine. You're going to be OK."


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Laura Meckler contributed to this article.
 
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God forbid they go through the time and cost to legally come here.

Should have added an 'o' to the end of my name and swam across the Niagra river.
 

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The Little Barry needs all the votes he can get
 

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backdoor DREAM act
 

CousinDave

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My dream is for them to work to make Mexico a better place
 

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I don't understand the tone of your argument.
 

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Grabn' dem spic votas. Goin for the entire southwest vote. But most of us beaners are too lazy to vote.
 

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Those who haven't committed crimes and who aren't considered a threat to public safety will have a chance to stay in the U.S. and to later apply for a work permit.
Isn't entering the country illegally a crime? "whaa"

More than 390,000 people were removed from the U.S. in each of the last two years, surpassing previous years. Immigration courts are so clogged it can often take more than a year for a judge to rule on a deportation case
So they did such a good job rounding up illegals they created another problem? Funny, all I hear about is how Obama is soft on illegals from the other side...
 

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Isn't entering the country illegally a crime? "whaa"
So they did such a good job rounding up illegals they created another problem? Funny, all I hear about is how Obama is soft on illegals from the other side...

Being in the country without documentation (Green Card, Visa, etc...) isn't a criminal offense, its a civil offense like a SEC violation would be.
 

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Being in the country without documentation (Green Card, Visa, etc...) isn't a criminal offense, its a civil offense like a SEC violation would be.
I'm not necessarily talking about people that were dragged here with their parents or ones who overstay their visas. Isn't swimming the Rio Grande or hopping a fence a criminal violation? If it's not then what the hell are we waiting for?
 

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Best thing that this country can do is just shut up on this and let them stay illegally. If they are picked up for a crime, send them back or give them the full extent of the law. A lot of them pay into social services and can't draw on it. Worst thing that we can do is make them all legal and put them in the system.
 

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Best thing that this country can do is just shut up on this and let them stay illegally. If they are picked up for a crime, send them back or give them the full extent of the law. A lot of them pay into social services and can't draw on it. Worst thing that we can do is make them all legal and put them in the system.
What about the illegals who show up in an ER, get medical treatment, and never pay for it? Illegals we are feeding in jails for committing crimes in this country? Illegals that come here and have anchor babies born in US hospitals, and don't pay for that either? People who have their SSN and ID used by an illegal and wreck their credit....
 

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What about the Americans who do the same thing?
Exactly. There will always be people taking advantage of the system.

There isn't a solution in all this until the young generation of people are willing to get off their ass and work. There is a big line between people in their 40s and grew up having to work and the new generation that would rather sit on their ass and collect a check. America is losing all of its industry because most under the age of 25 to 30 are too stupid for office jobs but too lazy for labor work.
 

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Yeah... but you see, those people are AMERICANS.

It's bad enough we have our on societal leeches, we need more from from savage lands bleeding us dry?
Hey now, mister. You hold your horses, you drunk.

They didn't cross the border.. the border crossed THEM!



 

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Yeah... but you see, those people are AMERICANS.

It's bad enough we have our on societal leeches, we need more from from savage lands bleeding us dry?
I'd rather have illegal alien leeches than American ones. They're lower maintenance. And people like you are less likely to support the welfare state if the beneficiaries speak Spanish.
 

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I'd rather have illegal alien leeches than American ones. They're lower maintenance. And people like you are less likely to support the welfare state if the beneficiaries speak Spanish.
Yes... because it's an either/or situation.

Holy shit... please punch yourself in the testicles until your ability to procreate is no more.
 

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Yes... because it's an either/or situation.

Holy shit... please punch yourself in the testicles until your ability to procreate is no more.
Calm down, take a deep breath (if you want, you can even count to ten), and then think this through.

What difference does it make how many leeches there are? The reason why there is only a limited amount of welfare being doled out is not the shortage in leeches, it's the shortage of suppliers.

I have nothing to lose by having more poor people in the country. The poor people aren't the ones who are robbing me, it's the politicians. And they would be robbing me all the same if there weren't any poor people. They would just find some rich or middle class people to buy votes from instead, and call the handouts subsidies instead of welfare.

In fact, most of the handouts these days are going to unions and rich people, not welfare recipients. Stop thinking in terms of class welfare, and start thinking in terms of competing ideologies. The reason for socialism is not the existence of lower classes, or stupid immigrants, it's the dominance of Marxism among the leading intellectuals.

Getting rid of all the poor Mexicans isn't going to change the ideological makeup of the culture, so it's not going to reduce the size of the welfare state.
 

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Calm down, take a deep breath (if you want, you can even count to ten), and then think this through.

What difference does it make how many leeches there are? The reason why there is only a limited amount of welfare being doled out is not the shortage in leeches, it's the shortage of suppliers.

I have nothing to lose by having more poor people in the country. The poor people aren't the ones who are robbing me, it's the politicians. And they would be robbing me all the same if there weren't any poor people. They would just find some semi-poor people to buy votes from instead.

After you're done punching them, take off and nuke your testicles from orbit... it's the only way to be sure.
 
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They are slowly getting us use to the idea that there are no borders.



Destroy the dollar, create the amero, erase the borders, and destroy the constitution in favor of a new and "improved" constitution.