Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DHS Head: Not All Criminals Are Subject to Deportation

Lower-tier criminals such as drunken drivers and drug dealers aren't on the priority list of people to deport, according to a memo from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who outlined guidelines for the nation's immigration officers working to administer President Barack Obama's new executive order for amnesty.
"In general, our enforcement and removal policies should continue to prioritize threats to national security, public safety, and border security," Johnson said in the memo, dated Thursday. "Due to limited resources, DHS and its components cannot respond to all immigration violations or remove all persons illegally in the United States."
Immigration authorities are to seek and deport terror suspects and felons, reports The Washington Examiner. But lower-level criminals are considered secondary priorities, meaning an illegal immigrant can be in prison for up to a year for a violent crime but still not be considered a primary removal priority.
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Overall, Johnson's memo says, there are three priorities for people who are to be detained. The first priority, or people to be sent out of country first, are "aliens engaged in or suspected of terrorism or espionage, or who otherwise pose a danger to national security," says the memo.
Others include people trying to "unlawfully enter" the country. In addition, immigrants convicted of felonies, if the immigrant status is "not an essential element" of the offence, and those convicted of an aggravated felony are to be prioritized for deportation.
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