Who does new immigration policy favor?
Supporters of an undocumented immigrant show support during a deportation court hearing in Denver, Colorado in July.
August 19th, 2011
11:10 AM ET

Who does new immigration policy favor?

The Department of Homeland Security is going to begin reviewing all 300,000 pending deportation cases in federal immigration courts to determine which individuals meet specific criteria for removal and to focus on "our highest priorities."

Officials say immigration court dockets are clogged, putting public safety in jeopardy, costing money, resources and time. They want to see DHS enforcement resources diverted from illegal immigrants who don't have criminal records to individuals who pose a threat to public safety and national security.

So what does all this mean for illegal immigrants and what are the "highest priorities?"

In a memo, director of U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement John Morton lays out what circumstances should be taken into account when it comes to prosecuting immigration cases.

Morton describes some factors that should give cases a lower priority. Those include:

- veterans and members of the U.S. armed forces;
- long-time lawful permanent residents;
- minors and elderly individuals;
- individuals present in the United States since childhood;
- pregnant or nursing women;
- victims of domestic violence; trafficking, or other serious crimes;
- individuals who suffer from a serious mental or physical disability; and
- individuals with serious health conditions.

He also lays out negative factors that could lead officials to focus on certain cases. Those include:

- individuals who pose a clear risk to national security;
- serious felons, repeat offenders, or individuals with a lengthy criminal record of any kind;
- known gang members or other individuals who pose a clear danger to public safety; and
- individuals with an egregious record of immigration violations, including those with a record of illegal re-entry and those who have engaged in immigration fraud.

Morton also includes a general list of factors that lawyers, officers and other officials should consider when evaluating immigration cases. For a more detailed list of these factors read the document here (PDF)

soundoff (425 Responses)
  1. It favors those who break the law.

    (duh) We should be writing laws rewarding those who come here legally, not illegally. Can I get another "duh".

    August 19, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • me

      we should be rewarding citizens with jobs... and making it really hard to get one with a working visa.

      August 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HelenHaul102951

    This country is drowning in debt and lack of money. We need to get the violent dirty mexican illegals and the others and euthenize them. They are a waste and harm on our society. Hell,just kill them all. Bullets are cheap.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • duncan

      you are pathetic! just go fcuk yourself, bullets are cheap put one into your head and end your misery you lowlife

      August 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. We won't prosecute them for breaking and entering...

    ...if they didn't steal very much stuff. Dumb.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. JORGE PEREZ

    FANTáSTICO!!!!! MUCHO GRACIAS!!!! THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!! THIS IS THE NEWS I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR, FOR A LONG TIME!!!!! IT'S ABOUT TIME I SELL SOME OF MY GOLD CHAINS AND BUY ME A NICE TRUCK!!!! FRESH NEW CARPET!!!! AND DEFINITELY A NEWER TV!!!!

    AND IF THEY EVER ISSUE ME A WORK PERMIT I SWEAR I AM SELLING ALL MY GOLD (SELLING PRICE IS RECORD BEST ANYWAY) AND PUT ALL MY MONEY INTO MUCH MUCH BETTER AMERICAN POWERTOOLS; FOR ME AND MY BROTHERS!!!! THANK YOU WASHINGTON FOR THIS DECISION!!!! I AM A HARD WORKER BUT IT IS DEPRESSING WORKING ONLY FOR MY BANK ACCOUNT AND MY BAD GOLD HOARDING HABIT!!!!

    MAY THE LORD BLESS THIS COUNTRY SOOO MUCH LIKE NEVER EVER EVER BEFORE!!!!!

    !!!!!!!!!!Que el Señor bendiga este país como nunca antes!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT (pit bull trainer)

    I LIKE the illegals... they are good workers

    August 19, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. We won't prosecute them for breaking and entering...

    ...if it's the first time we caught them breaking and entering. Dumber

    August 19, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. nm

    Fox news website has a poll on this story, the question; Do you agree with new approach with deportations? click the red YOU DECIDE and vote.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. If you agree with Obama...

    ...on this issue, you should not be allowed to have charges filed on people who break into your home if it's their first offense, and you should be required to let the lawbreakers squat on your property indefinitely. Eat your own words, in other words.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • me

      yer an idiot.. you probably dont hink the government creates jobs either

      August 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Little Suzie (pit bull mauling victim)

    Thanks Ruffie.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. New policy also favors...

    ...construction contractors that pay illegal laborers with cash to avoid paying workers compensation. Also greedy rich people who pose as bleeding-hearts giving the poor illegal immagrants work, when all along it's just to save a buck or two.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. New policy also favors...

    ...the bands of illegal workers that gather near San Diego's shopping centers each morning. What are all those illegals doing? They're waiting on Americans to pick them up and take them to work, as they have faithfully been doing for decades.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. You favor this policy?

    Then you should have no problem with your fellow Americans breaking into your home and staying there to avoid going back to the ghetto. You don't get it, do you (all).

    August 19, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5X4N2exOsU&w=640&h=390]

    August 19, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Spike (the Pit Bull)

    Little Suzie tastes like chicken. Yum!

    August 19, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pedro Suarez

    Thanky jous berry mucho. Now I ams to be get 1972 Fords peeckup trucky weeth the nakeds ladies mud flaps. Ayeeeeepa!

    August 19, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
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