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Napolitano Letter on Immigration Deportation Policy

Napolitano Letter on Immigration Deportation Policy

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday that the department will not focus on undocumented immigrants who have no criminal records in a letter to a group of senators who support revamping the immigration system. Under the change, approximately 300,000 deportation cases pending in immigration court will be reviewed case by case.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday that the department will not focus on undocumented immigrants who have no criminal records in a letter to a group of senators who support revamping the immigration system. Under the change, approximately 300,000 deportation cases pending in immigration court will be reviewed case by case.

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Secretary
U.S.DepartmentofHomelandSecurityWashington,DC20528
HomelandSecurity
August18,2011TheHonorableHarryReidMajorityLeaderUnitedStatesSenateWashington,DC20510DearSenatorReid:ThankyouforyourlettertoPresidentObamaregardingtheAdministration'simmigrationenforcementpoliciesandtheDevelopment,Relief,andEducationforAlienMinors(DREAM)Act.ThePresidenthasaskedmetorespondonhisbehalf.Overthepasttwoyears,theDepartmentofHomelandSecurity(DHS)hasestablishedclearandwell-reasonedprioritiesthatgovernhowDHSusesitsimmigrationenforcementresources.Theseprioritiesfocusourresourcesonenhancingbordersecurityandidentifyingandremovingcriminalaliens,thosewhoposeathreattopublicsafetyandnationalsecurity,repeatimmigrationlawviolatorsandotherindividualsprioritizedforremoval.InitiallysetforthinaMarch2010memorandumfromU.S.ImmigrationandCustomsEnforcement(ICE)DirectorJohnMorton,theseprioritieswererecentlyreiteratedandclarifiedinDirectorMorton's June17,2011memorandumregardingtheexerciseofprosecutoriaIdiscretionbyICEpersonnel.Whileadditionalworkremains,wehavemadetremendousprogressinourefforttofocusDHSresourcesontheseenforcementpriorities.OurFY2010statisticsareillustrative.InFY2010,ICEremoved79,000morealienswhohadbeenconvictedofacrimethanitdidinFY2008.Asaresult,forthefirsttimeeverandduetotheexpansionoftheSecureCommunitiesprogram,over50percentofthealiensremovedbyICEinafiscalyearwereconvictedcriminals.Ofthoseremovedwithnoconfirmedcriminalconviction,morethantwo-thirdswereeither apprehendedattheborderorwererepeatviolatorsofourimmigrationlaws.Asenforcementdirectivescontinuetobeimplemented,weanticipatethatthesetrendswillincreaseinFY2011.ThePresidenthassaidonnumerousoccasionsthatitmakesnosensetoexpendourenforcementresourcesonlow-prioritycases,suchasindividualslikethoseyoureferenceinyourletter,whowerebroughttothiscountryasyoungchildrenandknownootherhome.Fromalawenforcementandpublicsafetyperspective,DHSenforcementresourcesmustcontinuetobefocusedonourhighestpriorities.Doingotherwisehindersourpublicsafetymission-cloggingimmigrationcourtdocketsanddivertingDHSenforcementresourcesawayfromindividualswhoposeathreattopublicsafety.
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