New Immigration Policy Begins, Canceling Some Removals

Homeland Security has begun its review of 300,000 cases of undocumented residents eligible for removal (deportation) and giving reprieves to a limited few.

Under the policy, immigration authorities will use powers of prosecutorial discretion in existing law to suspend the deportations of most immigrants who, although they have committed immigration violations (which generally are civil offenses), have not been convicted of crimes.

In particular, officials will look to halt deportations of longtime residents with clean police records who came here illegally when they were children, or are close family of military service members, or are parents or spouses of American citizens.

The cases will be examined individually, with removals being canceled for those who fit the guidelines: [More..]

Homeland Security officials said Monday that their goal is to quickly identify noncriminals on swollen immigration court dockets and close those cases, clearing the way for speedier removals of gang members, drug traffickers or foreigners who repeatedly return after being deported. Wait times for a hearing in immigration courts can now be as long as 18 months.

Same-sex marriage partners are being treated as spouses under the review:

The administration’s announcement also had an immediate impact on a case in Denver, where an immigration judge on Friday postponed the deportation of Sujey Pando, a lesbian from Mexico legally married in Iowa to an American from Colorado, Violeta Pando. Although federal law does not recognize same-sex marriages, administration officials said they would consider same-sex spouses as “family” in their review of deportation cases.

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    Amazing what a desire for votes... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Dadler on Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 10:13:29 AM EST
    ...will do to "change" things.  Not that I care about the reason when people are treated more justly, so go go go O! Now start trying to get some real lefty votes.

    This is really good news (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by andgarden on Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 10:33:52 AM EST
    And yes, elections have consequences. Electing a Republican likely means that this is reversed.

    Two women legally married (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 11:02:17 AM EST
    in, of all places, Iowa. Now that's change I can't bekieve actually happened. But, brava.  

    Seems reasonable to me. (none / 0) (#10)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 12:34:02 PM EST

    Thank gawd (none / 0) (#11)
    by MO Blue on Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 01:15:51 PM EST
    the Latino activists promised faithfully to vote for Obama no matter what while they sat quietly waiting for him to keep his promises. :-)

    Off-topic comments deleted (none / 0) (#12)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Aug 24, 2011 at 12:12:51 PM EST
    This thread is about immigration policy. It is not about whether you will vote for Obama or if a primary challenger might succeed.