Saturday, August 24, 2013

Discretion in Enforcement of Immigration Laws Against Parents

ImmigrationProf has regularly reported how deportations regularly tear apart American families.  ABC reports that U.S. immigration agents will be able to give greater leniency to parents who get caught up in the immigration system under an Obama administration policy directive released on Friday. Immigration agents already have the authority to not pursue certain low-priority immigration offenders, including those who are parents of minors. But a new policy would formalize and broaden the special recognition granted to parents who are picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The new memo is a reminder that agents can -- and should -- consider that the person they’re taking into custody might have a family, and that detention can have broader repercussions.


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