Skip to comments.Obama Administration Stresses ‘Discretion’ in Deporting Illegal Aliens
Posted on 06/20/2011 9:15:18 AM PDT by markomalley
The Obama administration is directing federal immigration officials to use "prosecutorial discretion" in deciding which illegal aliens to detain and deport.
The intention is to kick out the worst offenders and release the all the others specifically victims of domestic violence and other crimes; witnesses to crimes; or people who are charged with minor traffic violations.
The apparent goal is to make the Secure Communities program more palatable to the states and activists who have criticized it.
But the changes to the Secure Communities program, announced last week, did not mollify critics who are calling for a moratorium. One group called the changes inadequate amounting to little more than lipstick on a pig.
Secure Communities is a voluntary, three-year-old partnership between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and state and local law enforcement to identify and deport "criminal aliens. Under Secure Communities, the fingerprints of every single individual arrested and booked into custody, including U.S. citizens, are checked against immigration records.
Immigration advocates say too many law-abiding undocumented immigrants are being deported under the program. They also say it encourages racial profiling and undermines public safety.
In a June 17 memo, ICE Director John Morton clarified that "it is against ICE policy to initiate removal proceedings against people who are victims or witnesses to a crime."
The same goes for people who are pursuing legitimate civil rights complaints and those who are involved in union organizing or who have legitimately complained to authorities about employment discrimination or housing conditions.
Morton said federal officials must exercise all appropriate discretion on a case-by-case basis when deciding how to handle such cases to avoid discouraging individuals from reporting crimes or standing up for their civil rights.
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Discretion == Selective Enforcement of the Law == Unequal Protection Under the Law
How about just enforcing the law. That’s what the president is supposed to do. If Mr. Obama wanted to write them, he should have stayed in the Senate.
because it might undermine Obama’s reelection campaign is more like it.
OK, how can you be an illegal alien (or as the liberals say an undocumented immigrant) and still be law abiding????
What part of "Illegal" don't they understand????
Exactly. Under ObaMao, gang bangers and sure Democrat votes get to stay. Potential conservative voters such as Mormons and devout Catholics get deported.
Too bad it doesn't boil down to the following: Are you an illegal alien? You are? Then we're going to throw you the hell out of our country. Bye!
Kinda' like a simple YES or NO.
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No discretion is needed. Let the Justice Department arm them with AK-47s and send them home. Discretion for the little idiot Obama means throwing out any illegal who might not agree to idolizing him.
Just invoke the Mexican illegal immigration laws here and they’ll go back to Mexico or where ever on their own.
IOW: Obama wants the regular Illegals that Vote to stay.
Here's the test for "discretion".
1. If you promise to vote at least three times in each election for the dem/lib/prog/pop candidate(s), you may stay.
I say deport them all starting with 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
If someone is in question of being here illegally, show papers that are not forged stating you belong here.
If you don’t have them, your OUT.
It worked for my grandparents, it will work for todays people.
Discretion? Absolutely! Deport only the illegal ones.
Oh, you mean like the ones who broke the law coming here, the ones who broke the law getting fake ID and lying to get a job? Those "law abiding illegal aliens?"
I wonder where the Republican politicians that stand behind deporting illegals that should call these SOBs on this BS are?