“Immigration deportation cases could lessen under federal policy change”

1 Sep

By Vallery Brown

The Oklahoman, Sept. 1, 2010

A shift in federal policy could lessen by thousands the number of cases pending in the nation’s immigration courts. This would reduce a caseload that’s increased nearly 80 percent in Oklahoma over the past four years.

John Morton, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, circulated a memo last week outlining a new policy to not prosecute and deport non-U.S. citizens with pending visa applications who are likely to receive them. Critics have called the move “backdoor amnesty,” a term federal immigration officials and many experts deny.

Read more: http://newsok.com/article/3490596#ixzz0zAqTCwSh

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