Thursday, September 4, 2014

Law Professors to President Obama on executive authority to protect individuals or groups from deportation

Here is a letter signed by 136 law professors and delivered to the White House yesterday.  The American Immigration Council and National Immigration Law Center helped coordinate the effort.

Here is the conclusion of the letter:

"In conclusion, we believe the administration has the legal authority to use prosecutorial discretion as a tool for managing resources and protecting individuals residing in and contributing to the United States in meaningful ways. Likewise, when prosecutorial discretion is  exercised, there is no legal barrier to formalizing that policy decision through so und procedures that include a form application and dissemination of the relevant criteria to the officers charged with implementing the program and to the public. As the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA ) program has shown, those kinds of procedures help officers to implement policy decisions fairly and consistently, and they offer the public the transparency that government priority decisions require in a democracy."


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