Yahoo News April 21, 2014 by Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don't have serious criminal records, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations.
The change, if adopted following an ongoing review ordered by President Barack Obama, could shield tens of thousands of immigrants now removed each year solely because they committed repeat immigration violations, such as re-entering the country illegally after having been deported, failing to comply with a deportation order or missing an immigration court date.
Apparently the plan has been in the works for a long time, as this blog has warned since 2009.
John Sandweg, who served until February as acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said he had promoted the policy change for immigrants without serious criminal records before his departure and that it was being weighed by Johnson. An immigration advocate who's discussed the review with the administration also confirmed the change was under consideration. The advocate spoke on condition of anonymity because the proceedings are confidential.
Sandweg is the ICE official who instituted the practice of assisting alien smugglers bringing minors to the United States to live illegally.
Also included, as this blog warned, is previously deported illegal aliens, who are felons by the way, and those illegal aliens who absconded from an deportation order.
The approach outlined by Sandweg and the immigration advocate would change the existing priority categories that now include immigrants who've re-entered the country after they have been deported previously, and those who are fugitives from immigration proceedings. Such people would be taken off the priority list.
All that remains is for the Regime to gauge the reaction of John Boehner for any threat of impeachment or obstruction with riders to appropriations bills.