New Immigration Policies Will Reduce the Number of Deportations


The Obama administration is set to put in new undocumented immigration policies into place that will reduce the level of deportations to even lower levels than the reduction he instituted earlier this year.

Deportations of undocumented immigrants with no serious criminal records will be lowered considerably as a result of new immigration policies enacted in November by President Obama’s administration, according to a new report issued last week.

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a respected immigration research institution in Washington D.C., released a 36-page study that states the new policies are likely to reduce deportations from within the U.S. by about 25,000 cases each year, and eventually extend protection from removal to a much broader number of undocumented immigrants.

For the first time in decades, the administration is promising to focus mainly on deporting foreign nationals with serious criminal convictions as contrasted to prior policies under which non-criminal and criminal immigrants were deported without much regard to priorities.

Deportation policies listed in the report are being implanted because they are separate from the presidential executive actions issued to shield from expulsion undocumented foreign-born parents of U.S. citizen or resident children and foreign nationals brought to the United States as children by their undocumented parents.

The new immigration enforcement policies mark a definite shift in U.S. deportation strategies, according to the report.

Under the new policies, the emphasis will be on deporting four categories of undocumented foreign nationals: those deemed national security threats, those detained immediately after crossing the border, those who are gang members and those with felony convictions.

This suggests that a significant number of undocumented immigrants who have less than serious criminal record and those with deportation orders and deportations that occurred long ago could remain in the country under new prosecutorial discretion guidelines authorized by the administration.