The Obama Administration announced Thursday that 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.
Please call the White House using the numbers below to thank President Obama for not deporting law-abiding immigrants, for closing their deportation cases and for making these changes in ICE/DHS policy.
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These policy changes — if carried out as proposed — would make DHS’s enforcement policies much more effective and consistent our nation’s values. SEIU’s International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina issued the following statement:
“Finally, the administration is responding to our concerns about the Secure Communities program, which was supposed to focus on serious criminals and potential terrorists, but instead entrapped traffic violators, students, victims of domestic violence and other low priority cases.
“Such misfires use up limited resources, divert attention away from those who pose a real public safety threat, clog immigration court dockets, and impair community safety and trust in local law enforcement officers. It is little wonder that the Secure Communities program has drawn criticism from state governors and local police chiefs.
“While we disagree with the administration’s decision to expand the Secure Communities program nationwide, we are encouraged that DHS is attempting to fulfill its pledge to focus its deportation strategy on serious criminals.
“We eagerly await the details on how the pending cases will be screened.
“Perhaps, in reviewing prosecutorial discretion standards, the task force will realize that the Secure Communities program should be scrapped altogether.
“Meanwhile, we applaud this important step in improved immigration enforcement until a broader comprehensive solution is passed by Congress.”