US to Review 300,000 Deportation Cases

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Some 300,000 deportation cases will be reviewed by the Department of Homeland Security starting Thursday in an effort to expedite the deportations of convicted criminals and stop non-criminal illegal immigrants from being removed from the country. The New York Times reports that in addition to the review of the court docket, Homeland Security will issue new guidelines instructing immigration enforcement agents to halt deportations of foreigners who have not committed serious crimes. The White House seeks to remove fewer immigrants who are students, parents of U.S. citizens, elderly, or members of the military. Over 400,000 illegal immigrants have been deported under the Obama administration.

Richard Hujber, a veteran immigration attorney who has appeared on The Takeaway before, talks about what the policy shift will mean for his clients.

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