The fear of being arrested as an illegal alien can now be appeased thanks to the new policy instituted by the Obama administration regarding its deportation policies. Earlier this week, President Obama ordered that deportations of illegal aliens that are not considered as public safety threats would be stopped altogether.
Following that order, the ICE and the USCIS would begin reviewing the 300,000 cases currently in its docket for deportation proceedings to remove individuals that are considered as low-priority offenders. The review would consist of looking into the individual’s ties and contributions to the community, their current family relationship as well as military service.
In response, many immigration reform activists lauded the move. In one statement from the Alliance for Immigrant’s Rights and Reform Michigan, Ryan Bates, its current director said, “It makes no sense to waste our time and tax dollars to deport people who’ve worked hard and paid their taxes. We want to make sure this program is implemented swiftly and fairly.”
This program change not only allows the illegal immigrant to remain in the US. It also provides guidelines for application for a work permit. This would benefit upstanding high school and college students brought into the country illegally, as well as military veterans as well as other adults without criminal records.
On the other side of the fence, criticism was swift and sharp. Foremost among them is Rep Candice Miller, current chair of the US Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, saying that the move is a blatant attempt to grant amnesty to potentially millions of illegal aliens in the country. There is an expected challenge in the Republican dominated Congress on this policy.
In a statement, Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano said that the policy would be a case-by-case approach to enhance public safety.