Photo: DREAM Act Student May Not be Deported
President Obama has announced that his administration will take the 300,000 deportation cases for illegal immigrants and review them on a case-by-case basis. The new policy calls for giving a chance to undocumented immigrants who don’t have criminal records to stay in the U.S. by suspending deportation proceedings against them.
In making the announcement the Obama administration said by using “prosecutorial discretion” its highest priority would be to deport criminal aliens and stop the deportation of DREAM Act students, spouses of military members, those with family members including gay partners and non-criminal alien deportations a low-priority.
The Department of Homeland Security also announced the creation of a joint committee with the Department of Justice that will review these 300,000 cases and determine which cases are low priority and can therefore be administratively closed.
The administration also noted that those that qualify can apply for permission to work in the U.S. and probably receive that permission.
Reaction from Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an unwavering immigrant advocate, was swift: “I am proud of the President and Secretary Napolitano for standing up for a more rational approach to enforcing our current immigration laws.”
While Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who enacted SB 1070 one of the nation’s toughest anti-immigration legislation, blasted the policy change as nothing more than “backdoor amnesty”.