Move to release some U.S. detainees – still vague

August 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Washington Post

The Obama administration is moving to release thousands of illegal immigrants detained at facilities across the country if the immigrants have a potential path to legal residency. The move could affect as many as 17,000 immigrants who entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. It comes amid a push by ICE to focus on illegal immigrants who have committed crimes, rather than seek to deport all illegal immigrants. Officials say that the shift is needed to reduce massive clogs in the nation’s immigration courts – where detainees wait for months or years before their cases are decided – and to use deportation as a tool for public safety. “ICE is dedicating unprecedented resources to the removal of crinvicted criminal aliens are not only removed from the community, but from the country as well.” Rocha said that the deportation of criminals accounts for abouminal aliens,” said Richard Rocha, deputy press secretary at the immigration enforcement agency. “The focus now is clearly on criminal aliens. . . . We want to ensure cot half of all removals, an all-time high. If the immigrants released under the new policy have their applications for legalization turned down, ICE will resume removal proceedings.

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