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Undocumented Immigrant Deportation Threats Blunted By New White House Strategy

First Posted: 09/10/10 12:15 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:35 PM ET

Immigration Enforcement

ProPublica:

The Obama administration has changed the nation's immigration enforcement strategy in ways that will reduce the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants and will likely blunt the impact of any state laws designed to deport vast numbers of people.

The changes are the little-discussed byproducts of the administration's well-publicized decision to focus its deportation efforts on immigrants who have committed serious crimes.

To remove the "worst of the worst," the administration reasons, it can't allow the nation's immigration courts and detention centers to remain clogged with generally law-abiding immigrants who have lived in the country for a long time and probably would be legalized under comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

Read the whole story: ProPublica

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