Obama Allows DHS to Use Discretion on Low-Priority Immigration Cases

Obama Allows DHS to Use Discretion on Low-Priority Immigration Cases


President Barack Obama, taking a new approach to the nation’s immigration woes, recently announced his administration would use “prosecutorial discretion” as it sorts through the 300,000 deportation cases involving illegal immigration.

Celebration broke out among supporters of immigrants who may be here illegally, even though implementation of the new policy by the Department of Homeland Security, which handles immigration, has just begun.

In this instance, prosecutorial discretion is the idea that executive branch has the option, on a case-by-case basis, to decline to enforce immigration laws against certain individuals.

The administration’s basis for deciding whether to prosecute will be the same criteria for citizenship under the failed Dream ACT of 2010, a Senate bill that would have provided a path to citizenship for immigrants who were attending school, who served in the U.S. military or who were brought here illegally by parents. The bill did not win congressional approval.

Obama’s immigration policy gives illegal immigrants without criminal backgrounds in deportation cases the opportunity to have their cases suspended and possibly the chance to earn a work permit. The administration confirmed that some of the 300,000 illegal immigrants without criminal histories could obtain a work permit and remain in the states indefinitely.

“We will closely monitor the implementation of this process to ensure that it is applied robustly and that it brings public safety squarely into focus,” said Janet Murguía, president of the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. “Advocates across the country have been doing an incredible amount of work to share the countless stories of how the current policies are creating fear and suffering in communities nationwide. We are hopeful that this new action will bring us to a place where community safety is the focus of enforcement actions, and the pain felt in communities is diminished.”

Murguía said the new policy would allow the Department of Homeland Security to apply more resources to the most serious cases. “Focusing on the greatest threats is just plain common sense when it comes to law enforcement,” she said.


  1. It’s time to expose hard -core leftist Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who has taken it upon herself in contracting with foreign countries to pamper illegal aliens. This is outrageous and unconstitutional in signing some formal alliance with diplomats from a group of Latin American nations. Her intent to shelter of what Solis described as the labor rights, for both legal and illegal migrants working unlawfully in America. First President Obama signs into law an unauthorized fiat to preselect only heinous criminal aliens, but other illegal aliens are to be set free, with the possibility of a working visa. Then we have Solis, who interprets as the labor rights for both legal and illegal immigrants working in the U.S. Both Obama and Solis have ignored the US Constitution our “Rule of Law” and gone over the heads of Congress. In a signing ceremony between the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and El Salvador and adjoining with Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala, who had signed this agreement in the past?

    \This newly revised agreement that U.S. Labor Secretary signed with Latin American nations is supposedly aimed at protecting both legal and illegal workers in this country, by educating employers and workers alike about health, safety, and wage laws. This women needs to get her head on straight, because she is scheming with the open border nuts, and foreign countries contravening against real American workers. Is this why Eric Holder, the Department of IN-Justice tearing at the financial throats of Arizona, Alabama and Georgia to attempt in lowering their defenses, creating pressure on struggling States. Its apparent intent to make other states think twice before employing their own policing laws, in saving these states from insolvency? Pay attention to the fact, if you came to America legally of any religious denomination–if you are Black, White, Hispanic or any other race and undertook the documentation to join our culture; have always been welcome.

    This President and his officials are a humiliating every working American of all occupational levels. Solis promotes illegal immigration, which once the signal goes out will draw into America more foreigners, which taxpayers will be burdened with? We need a president who cares for the American people, the 14 million citizens and residents, with the majority still looking for work. The Labor Department on its website says the (INA.) The Immigration & Nationality Act only protects "U.S. citizens and aliens authorized to accept employment in the U.S. from discrimination in hiring or discharge." Solis seems to have amended INA policy on her own, saying at the signing ceremony Solis stated:

    “No matter how you got here or how long you plan to stay, you have certain rights,” Solis said. “You have the right to be safe and in a healthy workplace and the right to a legal wage. We gather here today to strengthen our shared commitment to protect the labor rights of migrant workers in the United States. Unfortunately, due to language barriers and immigration status, migrant workers can be those that are most vulnerable abused.”

  2. Illegal Immigration is a spreading contagion, that must be diminished and eventually end as a trickle. In today's NumbersUSA, Eurofresh Inc., the nation’s largest grower of greenhouse tomatoes, last week pleaded guilty to knowingly hiring illegal aliens and was fined $600,000. The Arizona-based company will remain on probation for five years. $ 600.000 is a worthy fine for stealing jobs from Americans, but somebody should go to prison. AS I HAVE CONTINUALLY REPEATED, WHY ISN'T ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION A FELONY AS IN OTHER COUNTRIES? THAT WAY WE COULD CONSTRUCT A JAIL SYSTEM LIKE MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFFS JOE ARPAIO TENT CITY IN ARIZONA?

    All illegal aliens should be removed from regular jails and prisons and placed in Arizona’s notorious Joseph M. Arpaio canvas city prison and it would change anybody’s mind in illegally coming here. Joe's tent city is an equally opportunity criminal incarceration compound, with high wire fences and attired with razor wire. Hundreds of thousands in jail for Drunken driving killers, child and female attacks, homicides and you name it; Let the Sheriff's Joe's cuisine, for ten years and temperatures reaching 110 degrees under canvas. Millions of illegal aliens from across the borders and tourist over-stay’s, would only be too happy to go home, after living on the daily sustenance of Boloney sandwiches. Arpaio makes the inmates wear pink underwear and the usual critics have complained that it’s a cruel and unusual punishment, though no one can find a law against it. American society should build more of these tent cities for illegal immigrant invaders, in desert areas and make it uncomfortable to stay here. Then make Joe Arpaio as warden to enforce our laws.

    Taking money from taxpayers to support foreigners is downright treasonous and must stop. Giving out $113 Billion a year in entitlements to foreign nationals to pacify the open borders set and the Leftist extremist minority is a disgusting situation must end. That’s why millions of Americans tormented by this financial, moral and legal evidence is joining the conservative TEA PARTY. Under scrutiny are the executive directives Of Eric Holder, so is there another move of Obama’s Liberal soldiers to covertly pass another damaging amnesty as in 1986, the TEA PARTY will be ready to scream “impeachment.” The Tea Party is not growing by the hundreds, but millions and expected to vote into the political arena, even more moderate conservative leaders. Under the TEA PARTY agenda there will be no Amnesties, Sanctuary cities or States, no Dream Acts and no policies that rescind the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control bill. Learn more about the illegal aliens free give-aways, at “NumbersUSA.” Observe more in Democratic and Liberal press concealment of odious criminal cases across the United States at “American Patrol.” Then “Judicial Watch” website is a legally Conservative site that Promotes Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in Government, Politics and the Law, and exposes corruption in Washington. Learn whom can be trusted and who cannot in Congress at “Judicial Watch.” Just type in any browser Search engine any of these pro-sovereignty websites.

    • Oh please….everyone comes from a line of immigrants, that is what made our nation. Christopher Columbus was an immigrant for Christ's sake. It's closed minded people like you who refuse change that send our country into demise. Here's a thought: let them work here legally, with a SS number or tax id number, and that way we can get taxes from the work they are already doing here illegally. And research shows that the illegal immigrants actually bring in revenue for America, and they bring in more money, even after government funding that was provided to them was subtracted. And, they practically live in hiding, so the rumor that the illegal immigrants are the ones responible for the high healthcare costs r/t no insurance is bullshit and the facts are there to prove it…If they are in the ER, it is because they are almost dead..they don't go for a broken foot or a fever…facts and statistics don't lie…If we don't aim to give these people the opportunity to work and educate themselves, in 30 more years we will be in the same place, probably worse off, with uneducated children and adults. America is going down hill fast if we don't allow the immigrants to have the same opportunities that our founding fathers had..

      • Columbus never landed in this "country." And, apprently you have never been to ER where people go just for menial issues – instead of haveing a family doctor – that is one of the things that was used – falsely – to pass Obamacare, Then claim these people didn't have anywhere else to go. Please make up our minds? You say one thing to address one issue then say exact opposite when it fits your "argument." 39 year from now? Y'all ahve been complaining for generations. The CBC has existed for 40 year yet here you are still complaning. You'll be doing same thing 30 years from now.

  3. its so sad how stupid people are. First off this is the USA! This is the land of opportunity, the greatest nation in the world, sadly some people in this country Are so ignorant that they display how racist their comments are, and yes I say racist because you are being racist towards immigrants. They only want what America promises, opportunity, freedom, a chance to be something and someone like so many of us dream as children! There are plenty of illegal immigrants that want to be here legally so they can do as every American does, however it’s a lot harder to become a legal. There are people who save up tons of money to try and do the right thing, there are even some who pay taxes with a tax id number so they can do right. It’s very difficult for them, not all are just trying to get a free pass. Get over yourselves be a real American and offer assistance and open up your hearts, try showing the new generation how Americans should be as we are so much described.

  4. This is a good solution, the government cannot afford to deport every illegal immigrant. Those without criminal backgrounds are making it more costly and time consuming to handle the illegal immigrants who have commited criminal infarctions. Also, deporting them seperates their families and any children or family members they have will have to support themselves without their help, they might even call upon uncle sam to help out! It was a stupid and costly decision, short term and long term, to deport illegal immigrants with no criminal background, they have been here for too long and there are too many of them.

  5. ok if Obama is illegal so are you all, in fact all the racist in here came probably from Germany, and i bet their great grand father is Hitler, Just because your ancestor came into this country took the land by force by killing people and set a bunch of "Laws" doesn't mean you own the USA, the world is for everybody to inhibit and you should let people search their happiness. Please racist STOP believing YOU ARE THE LAW you are all just a bunch of clowns the make me sick to my stomach. Justice for all Yeah right!