Right vs. Left: DHS’s New Deportation Policy

In Right vs. Left I examine what the think tank pundits are saying about a specific policy issue.

The Obama administration recently announced that the Department of Homeland Security will review its 300,000 active deportation cases to identify and focus on immigrants who pose a threat to national security or public safety, or are repeat immigration law violators. Low-priority cases will be suspended and it is unlikely new cases will be brought against illegal immigrants who do not pose a threat. Under the new policy, young people who came to the U.S. as children, members of military families, same-sex partners of U.S. citizens, and others with extensive ties to the U.S. may be able to avoid deportation.

There are 11 million individuals in the US illegally and this policy change could have a big effect on who gets deported and who does not. Prioritizing the deportation of dangerous individuals is nothing new. What is new is the administration’s statement that it will forgo deportation of individuals identified as low-priority. Some may be allowed to apply for work permits.

So what are the think tank pundits saying about the new policy?

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