New Pro-Immigrant Rules Declared in the US

by admin on September 5, 2011

A few weeks ago the Obama Administration made an announcement that commenced a new round of vicious immigration debate in the United States. The administration stated that its deportation efforts will now focus on illegal immigrants that have criminal records and/or pose a threat to US national security. For those placed on the low-priority list, such as individuals with no criminal record, college students brought into the US as small children and military veterans or the spouses of active-duty military personnel, the rules also outline pathways to stay in the U.S. and potentially apply for a US work permit.

The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security plan to review all deportation cases currently in removal proceedings, as well as any new cases that arise. The cases will be reviewed to determine if the individuals in danger of being deported meet the criteria detailed in a June 17 inter-agency memo.

This memo, from the director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division, instructed all staff members to use 19 factors when exercising the power of “prosecutorial discretion”. This is the discretion granted to an ICE attorney when determining how to proceed with an immigration case. The 19 factors include language used in the DREAM Act. However, the recent announcement by the Obama Administration goes several steps further than the initial memo. It has delineated a process for flagging and exempting some illegal immigrants from deportation proceedings.

With more than 300,000 cases in the system, the task of reviewing all cases will be handed to a team of attorneys and officials.

Pro-immigration activists immediately celebrated the news. Opponents of the new rules have branded the plan a large-scale amnesty program for illegal immigrants.

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patty mcguire June 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I innocently married a Cost RicaN man who never lived with me but does give me enough money for food and my medicine as I am on disability. He has become physically and verbally abusive once he felt he had obtained enough time with me as a spouse. He has crushed my left hand as well as threatened that I was at fault also. I know nothing of these laws, but feel he is not a good candidate for US citizenship. He cannot even hardly speak english. As the abuse has escalated I feel I need help. I have little money, as he is very controlling, and I now know he has a history of abuse as well as child molestation. He has always promised to move me in with him, but wants to save to buy a house. I do not know what to do he just took pictures of us together, and sent for papers for residency, but I as the abused and citizen of the US feel he is not one to keep in this country. What do I do if he found out he would kill me, Sincerely, Patty Mcguire

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