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  • #16
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">A compassionate and sensible step on immigration </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I Couldn't Agree More- And I have never voted democratic!


    • #17
      how do I spell 'compassion?'

      D E P O R T A T I O N


      • #18
        SomeDumb12, this is how I feel after reading your posts...


        • #19
          Frequently Asked Questions on the Administration's Announcement Regarding a New Process to
          Further Focus Immigration Enforcement Resources on High Priority Cases
          Why did the Administration create this process?
          DHS must ensure its immigration enforcement resources are focused on the removal of those who
          constitute our highest priorities, specifically individuals who pose a threat to public safety such as
          criminal aliens and national security threats, as well as repeat immigration law violators and recent
          border entrants. In fact, the expenditure of resources on cases that fall outside our enforcement
          priorities hinders our public safety mission by clogging immigration court dockets and diverting
          resources away from individuals who constitute our highest priorities. Although DHS has been
          successful in focusing its enforcement resources on criminal aliens, repeat violators, border entrants and
          other priorities, this process further strengthens these efforts.
          How does this process enhance border security?
          As part of the Obama Administration’s historic approach along the Southwest Border, Immigration and
          Customs Enforcement (ICE) has partnered with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to further enhance
          efforts to prevent illicit trade and travel across our borders. This partnership includes the dedication of
          ICE officers, agents, and detention facilities to the apprehension and detention of recent border
          crossers. The historic results achieved along the Southwest Border are attributable, in part, to this
          unprecedented partnership. This process will allow DHS to further enhance this partnership by freeing
          up additional ICE resources that will be dedicated to the Southwest Border.
          How will this process help DHS effectuate its other priorities?
          This process is designed to allow immigration and federal judges to more swiftly adjudicate high priority
          cases and free up additional resources that DHS and DOJ will dedicate to further enhancing the
          identification and removal of those individuals who pose a threat to public safety. In part, the process
          will accomplish this by identifying and accelerating the removal of high priority aliens from the United
          States. The process will also identify very low priority cases and, on a case-by-case basis, set those cases
          aside to allow for additional resources to be focused on high priority aliens.
          Does the process constitute administrative amnesty?
          No. This process is simply smart law enforcement policy that will help DHS and DOJ effectuate their
          priorities and make effective use of our immigration enforcement resources. This process will not result
          in a reduction in immigration enforcement. Rather, it will increase the number of criminal aliens and
          repeat immigration violators removed from the country and further focus our immigration enforcement
          efforts on the highest priority cases.
          Does the process represent an abdication of DHS’s responsibility to enforce the immigration laws?
          No. For decades, DHS, and previously INS, has exercised prosecutorial discretion in order to prioritize
          the use of its immigration enforcement resources. This process ensures that DHS and DOJ are using
          their immigration resources in a smart and effective manner. Over the past two years, DHS has
          demonstrated that the use of priorities does not limit immigration enforcement, but rather strengthens
          Will the process result in permanent lawful status for beneficiaries?
          No. The exercise of prosecutorial discretion through this process would not provide an individual with
          permanent lawful status. What is the role of DOJ in the process?
          DOJ’s role in the removal process is to adjudicate removal cases through the Executive Office for
          Immigration Review and to litigate removal cases in the federal courts through the Office of Immigration
          Litigation. DOJ will participate in the interagency working group that will identify high priority removal
          cases that should be accelerated. DOJ will also participate in the process that will consider very low
          priority cases for an exercise of prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis at the various stages of
          enforcement proceedings, including those cases pending before immigration courts and federal courts.
          Will beneficiaries of an exercise of prosecutorial discretion automatically receive work authorization?
          No. Nothing about this process is automatic and nobody who goes through this process is automatically
          entitled to work authorization. Per longstanding federal law, individuals affected by an exercise of
          prosecutorial discretion will be able to request work authorization, including paying associated fees, and
          their requests will be separately considered by USCIS on a case-by-case basis.
          How will the process help DHS and DOJ focus increased resources on high priority cases?
          The process will save resources as a result of exercising prosecutorial discretion. DHS will devote these
          resources to more expeditiously pursuing the removal of threats to public safety and border security. In
          addition, by better prioritizing the dockets of immigration and federal courts, the courts will be able to
          more swiftly adjudicate cases.
          Is the process consistent with the President and Secretary’s statements that no population of
          individuals will receive categorical administrative relief?
          Yes. DHS will not provide categorical relief to any population, including those that would have qualified
          under the DREAM Act. Instead, each determination will be made on a case-by-case basis. All decisions
          will be based on the June 17, 2011 Prosecutorial Discretion memorandum as implemented by the
          working group.
          How much will be saved through this process?
          Closure of these cases will allow for additional resources to be dedicated to enforcement priorities.
          Outside estimates suggest that the United States spends over $23,000 to formally remove an alien. By
          redirecting these expenditures, more resources can be utilized to identify and remove public safety
          threats or individuals who repeatedly violate our immigration laws.
          Will removal proceedings or removals be halted while the interagency working group completes its
          No. DHS will continue to enforce immigration laws. ICE attorneys and agents, however, will be tasked
          to review each case prior to the expenditure of resources to determine whether it is a priority case as
          defined in the June 30, 2010 Civil Enforcement Priorities memorandum and the June 17, 2011
          Prosecutorial Discretion memorandum. Removals will continue while the working group undertakes its
          Can individuals affirmatively apply for an exercise of discretion through this process?
          No. This process does not involve the creation of an affirmative application process, although,
          consistent with longstanding practice, individuals in removal proceedings and their representatives
          remain free to submit information relevant to their case to the appropriate ICE field offices or attorneys.
          Any attorney or representative who purports to be able to secure an individual relief through an
          affirmative application to ICE or DOJ as part of this process is engaged in a scam and should be reported to the relevant authorities at DOJ, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), or DHS. More information on
          the recently launched DHS-DOJ-FTC effort to combat immigration services scams is available here.
          Does an individual have a right to appeal a determination made pursuant to this process that his or
          her case is not appropriate for an exercise of discretion?
          No. This process does not create any right, substantive or procedural, enforceable in any administrative,
          civil, or criminal proceeding for individuals whose cases are reviewed as part of the process. As a result,
          individuals have no right to appeal a determination made pursuant to this process.
          Does this process apply to cases involving immigration-related criminal offenses that are prosecuted
          in federal court?
          No. This process does not apply to decisions about whether to initiate or continue prosecutions of
          individuals charged with immigration-related criminal offenses in federal court, including individuals
          charged under 8 U.S.C. § 1325 and § 1326.
          Does this process apply to individuals apprehended at the border?
          No. As DHS has long made clear, we will continue to enforce a zero tolerance policy for individuals
          apprehended at the border. Accordingly, the working group’s review will not include recent border
          When will the working group complete its review?
          Given the volume of cases involved, it will likely take the working group several months to complete its
          review of cases pending in immigration and federal court.
          Does the implementation of the process mean that only individuals with criminal convictions will be
          No. Many individuals who have violated civil immigration law but lack a criminal conviction are a DHS
          priority for removal from the United States. This process is designed to free up additional resources to
          process and remove high priority cases. DHS priorities include threats to public safety and national
          security, repeat violators of immigration law, recent illegal border entrants, and immigration fugitives.
          Should unlawfully present individuals who do not consider themselves high priority cases voluntarily
          surrender to ICE to avail themselves of this process?
          No. Any individual who self surrenders due to a belief that they will benefit from an exercise of
          discretion is very likely to be placed in removal proceedings and runs a serious risk that they will be
          removed from the United States. Nothing in this process creates a right or an entitlement to any person
          regardless of their individual circumstances.


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