12-6-11: Who Will Stay — and Who Will Go?
With people who are living in the U. S. illegally, how do immigration courts decide who will be deported—and who will stay? The Department of Homeland Security is changing the criteria for lawyers who decide which cases to prosecute. It’s advising federal prosecutors to focus attention on those who’ve committed crimes since arriving in the United States–and to freeze low priority cases. Prosecutors nationwide began applying the guidelines to new cases last month, and beginning this week, lawyers will review cases already on the docket in immigration courts in Baltimore and Denver.
Sheilah talks about how this will affect immigrants both in Maryland and throughout the country with Maureen Sweeney, Director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Maryland’s School of Law, and Ben Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council.