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Bloggings on Deportation and Removal

by Matthew Kolken

Only 1% of all Reviewed Deportation Cases Have Received a Favorable Exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion

On March 8, 2012, ICE Director John Morton spoke before the House appropriations subcommittee on homeland security where he announced, among other things, that only 1% of all pending deportation cases reviewed have received a favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion.  This means that the Obama administration has moved to administratively close only 1,500 of approximately 150,000 reviewed deportation cases.  I'm calling the lucky few the 1%ers.  

I wonder how many of the 1%ers had their cases publicised in the media.  Nothing worse than bad publicity when you are trying to paint yourself as pro-immigrant during an election year.

Morton also stated that ICE was implementing a nationwide uniformed standard to classify immigrants according to risk to assist in the determination of what aliens to detain when encountered.

I'm sure the new standards will work swimmingly.

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