Entries in Illegal Aliens (2)


Obama Administration Will No Longer Deport Non-Criminal Aliens

Cecilia Muñoz, Director of White House Intergovernmental Affairs. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration announced Thursday it will no longer deport illegal immigrants who have not committed crimes inside the U.S.

While the administration has long sought to prioritize its immigration enforcement efforts to target criminal aliens, Thursday’s policy change takes that one step further with the promise to review more than 300,000 pending deportations on a case-by-case basis, and stay those that involve individuals who have not committed crimes.

The Department of Homeland Security will also no longer focus resources on apprehending and deporting non-criminals, including young people brought to the country illegally by their parents, veterans and the spouses of active-duty troops.

“It makes no sense to spend our enforcement resources on these low-priority cases when they could be used with more impact on others, including individuals who have been convicted of serious crimes,” Cecilia Munoz, director of intergovernmental affairs wrote in a White House blog post.

“This means more immigration enforcement pressure where it counts the most, and less where it doesn’t – that’s the smartest way to follow the law while we stay focused on working with the Congress to fix it.”

An administration official said a joint DOJ-DHS panel will apply a set of criteria to the pending cases, including a person’s criminal record, their ties and contributions to the community and their military service record.

The Obama administration has overseen a record number of deportations in each of the past three years.  In 2010, DHS deported roughly 400,000 immigrants – an all-time high.

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Georgia to Adopt Arizona-Style Immigration Law?

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Friday that he will sign an Arizona-style immigration bill into law, fulfilling his campaign promise to protect American borders.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, approximately 425,000 undocumented people live in the state.

The new measure would make it so that police can verify immigration status when conducting certain criminal investigations.

The measure would also make it more difficult for undocumented people to get jobs. If signed into law, those who use fake documents to get jobs will face prison time. Employers must also verify that workers are legally able to be employed in the country.

Supporters of the bill say that by weeding out undocumented workers, it will make job attainment easier for Americans.

Opponents of the bill say it will promote racial profiling.

The adoption of such a law would inevitably throw the state into the center of the national debate about immigration.

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