According to newly released Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) numbers, ICE only used prosecutorial discretion (PD) in 6.7% of immigration cases between October 2012 and March 2014.  The numbers once again underscore the deportation practices of an Obama Administration that supports immigration reform, yet keeps deporting those who would qualify for it. Prosecutorial discretion has nominally been… Continue »

ICE Director, Rebecca Adducci, Continues to Target Cornejo Family; School and Supporters Vow to Keep Fighting the Deportation Today, local Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director, Rebecca Adducci, granted a temporary reprieve for Maria Esmeralda Cornejo—a 14 year Columbus, Ohio resident and mother of three U.S. citizen children under the age of 10.   Adducci has… Continue »

President Obama has been under heavy pressure from immigration reform advocates to address his record rate of deportations — and according to the Los Angeles Times, he may be considering key changes to detention and deportation policy. According to the Times, Obama may be considering bond hearings for detained immigrants, and changes to deportation policies… Continue »

Cross-posted from The Hill: Attorney General Eric Holder pushed back on Republicans’ attempt to micromanage the administration at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.  He said: “There is a vast amount of discretion that a president has — and, more specifically, that an attorney general has.  But that discretion has to be used in an appropriate way… Continue »

On Orcas Island, Washington state, an entire community is mobilizing to stop the deportation of a skilled mill worker who has been ordered to leave by the end of this month. Benjamin Nuñez-Marquez is a sawyer who has been living and working on the island for 15 years, who was pulled over in 2008 while… Continue »

At the New Republic today is a great piece on expedited removals, which account for roughly 40% of deportations.  The Obama Administration is deporting roughly 400,000 immigrants a year, at such a breakneck pace that many of those removed are not benefiting from due process.  The vast majority who are deported don’t get to go… Continue »

The Obama deportation machine has come under fire recently for ramping up the deportation of immigrants with strong family ties and little or no criminal record. Not only is there a moral imperative to stop separating American immigrant families with these practices, but there’s a fiscal one as well:  the current immigration enforcement regime is… Continue »

Eleven activists in Chicago were arrested yesterday after an act of civil disobedience outside Broadview Detention Center, where they sat in the street with linked arms and blocked traffic in order to protest deportations. The arrests were part of a two-day march beginning on Monday night from ICE’s downtown Chicago field office to Broadview, stopping… Continue »

Immigrant Advocates from Northern and Southern Borders Discuss Facts and Faces Behind DHS “Priorities” in Light of NYT and TRAC Studies In a conference call today with reporters, immigration experts and community leaders reacted to the latest reports about who the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is actually deporting, and how many could actually be… Continue »

On the heels of a front-page New York Times story on immigration and deportations this week, Michael C. Bender at Bloomberg News today also takes a look at data from ICE.  Contrary to what the Obama Administration claims, a substantial number of deportations target immigrants who would qualify for legislative immigration reform, yet are removed as… Continue »