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Prioritizing Deportation Proceedings

On Aug. 18th, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security announce that it will prioritize its efforts to deport illegal immigrants, focusing on immigrants who “pose a threat” over others. This announcement is an effort to prevent low-priority” cases from clogging the system by focusing on deporting illegal immigrants who have committed crimes. The side-effect of this directive is that illegal immigrants who are considered “low-threat” can at least temporarily stay in the US without facing deportation. Cecilia Munoz, White House director of intergovernmental affairs, clarifies that low priority individuals includes “”individuals such as young people who were brought to this country as small children, and who know no other home,” as well as “individuals such as military veterans and the spouses of active-duty military personnel.”

The difference between this directive and the DREAM act is that under the DREAM act, certain individuals will receive permanent resident status after completing the specific criteria.  Under this directive, the illegal immigrants does not receive permanent resident status and is not granted amnesty. This directive merely prolong their ability to stay in the US illegally until further change in law or until change in immigration directive.

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  1. September 7, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I guess the government needs to focus not in prioritizing deportation but on how they are going to make legal the illegal immigrants.

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