Friday, January 20, 2012

Obama Administration Recommending Closure For 1,600 Deportation Cases Reviewed By ICE

Pilot program by ICE initiated since August to review 300,000 pending deportation cases yield recommendations by the Obama administration to close 1,600 of those cases in two cities.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 20, 2012

Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that the Obama administration was recommending the closure of 1,600 deportation pending cases from 300,000 cases being reviewed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an unidentified official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) informed. A new pilot program implemented in Denver and Baltimore yield results, which recommended deportation case closures for 1,600 undocumented immigrants. The program screened 7,923 pending cases for deportation and recommended closure for 1,301 of those cases in Denver.
In Baltimore, 3,759 cases pending deportation proceedings were reviewed and 366 of those cases were recommended to be close as well, according to the DHS official. Those effected by the case closures would be allowed to remain in the U.S.
In December, most of the immigration court dockets were cleared in Denver and Baltimore for those facing deportation with no criminal record.
The undocumented immigrants screened were not held in federal facilities (jails) and were not considered a threat to national security or the public. The final stage for granting a stay would be determine through an extensive background check, including biometric data screening, which fingerprints are used to identify individuals being processed.
If all of the undocumented immigrants screened so far pass the final stage, they would most likely be granted stays, according to the DHS official. The preliminary information has not yet been confirmed by ICE, DHS or made public.
Pilot programs were also in effect in other states, but information hasn't been released.
In August, the Obama administration announced that 300,000 cases marked for deportation proceedings would be reviewed by ICE and DHS. In June, John Morton sent out a memo for field agents, supervisors and ICE attorneys to use discretion in arresting and implementing deportation proceedings for those not considered a threat to national security.

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