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Immigration: OPLA releases New Memo on Prosecutorial Discretion

Posted by Michael Pollak on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 @ 5:11 PM

Today, November 17, 2011,  the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) released a new memorandum relating to Prosecutorial Discretion and Immigration Enforcement.  See docs/OPLA memo.pdf.  The purpose of the memorandum is to ensure that that Immigration Courts follow the civil enforcement priorities laid out in the June 17, 2011 Morton memorandum.

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Survey finds Immigration Inconsistent in Applying Prosecutorial Discretion

Posted by Michael Pollak on Wed, Nov 09, 2011 @ 5:13 PM

Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (AIC) released a new survey today finding that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and attorneys across the country are applying different standards on prosecutorial discretion despite the issuance of national policy memoranda this summer.  The June 17, 2011, memo outlines for ICE agents and attorneys the criteria that would make an immigration removal case a low priority for enforcement action. These criteria include ties to America including service in the U.S. armed forces, schooling, contributions to the community, and other equities for enforcement officials to consider when deciding what course of action to take in a particular case.

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