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Prosecutorial Discretion

Another Test for ICE Director Sarah Saldaña: Will She Really Deport Adam Crapser?

When the Obama Administration announced new DHS enforcement policies last year, undocumented immigrants with deep roots in the U.S. should have felt some ease. In that memo, the government stated that officials should “exercise discretion based on individual circumstances,” and consider whether the individual presents a threat to “national security, border security, or public safety“ … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Vox Explores Disconnect Between DHS Policy & ICE Practice on Immigration Enforcement

An important new story from Dara Lind at Vox captures the disconnect between written directives from DHS and the implementation of said directives by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Looking at the case of Pastor Max Villatoro and its implications, Lind explores the issue of “prosecutorial discretion” and the implementation of DHS new deportation priorities memo by ICE.  It’s a must-read, because it explains exactly … Continue reading »

Commentators to President Obama: On Deportations, You DO Have Discretion

Since President Obama’s immigration speech in San Francisco this week–and its disruption by Ju Hong, a DREAMer from South Korea–commentators have been trying to figure out whether Obama has the authority to stop deportations. For some reason (ahem), Politifact decided to examine exactly what Ju said to the President — and determined it was “mostly false.” But Politifact … Continue reading »

BREAKING: DHS to halt the deportations of relatives of U.S. military members

The Department of Homeland Security announced today that relatives of U.S. military members with clean criminal records can obtain “parole in place,” which gives them protection from deportation and the ability to apply for a green card if they qualify. From Alan Gomez at USA Today: The Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday that it … Continue reading »

DREAM Youth and Supporters Denounce Home Raid and Detention of Erika Andiola’s Family by ICE

Late last night, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided the home of Arizona DREAM leader Erika Andiola and detained her mother, Maria Arreola, and her brother, Heriberto Andiola Arreola.  After immediate mobilization by the family’s supporters, and DREAMers and supporters from across the country, Heriberto and Maria were released from detention today.  But the family … Continue reading »

Journalist Mario Guevara Faces Deportation to El Salvador

Cross-Posted at The Sanctuary: How does someone go from being perceived as an asset to this country to someone who is quickly disposable? This is the question I ask myself in light of journalist Mario Guevara’s case and following José Antonio Vargas’ coming out as undocumented last year. Technically, Guevara is now undocumented. He came … Continue reading »

UPDATED: Washington Post Spotlights Heydi Mejia, DREAMer Facing Imminent Deportation

UPDATE: Heydi Mejia learned late yesterday that her deportation was deferred: Mejia’s reprieve came unannounced in a fax that arrived at her attorney’s office in the late afternoon. It represented the first step in what could be a long legal process, Malik said. “The Deferred Action will expire June 11, 2013,” the memo read. Here’s … Continue reading »

Progress Report Using DHS Data Shows Fewer Individuals Getting Relief and Those Getting Relief are Getting a Worse Deal

After a growing outcry by immigrants, allies, and Members of Congress, outraged at the record number of deportations carried out by the Obama Administration, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new policy in June 2011 that was supposed to focus immigration enforcement on the “worst of the worst” and spare individuals who have been in the … Continue reading »

Rep. Gutierrez Speaks Truth to Power on Immigration: The President Can (and Should) Grant Relief to DREAMers

Representative Luis Gutierrez is one of our fiercest champions on immigration reform, and isn’t afraid to speak truth to power. Quite admirably, he never backs down — even when the person he’s challenging is one of the most powerful people in the world: President Barack Obama. “Today’s New York Times editorial, ‘A Start on the Dream,’ eloquently … Continue reading »