U.S. Immigration officials are testing new protocols which give them discretion to use deferred action and/or parole to provide an administrative amnesty for illegal aliens. According to a report by CNN, 14% of the nearly 12,000 cases reviewed thus far in Baltimore and Denver were closed, allowing those illegal aliens set for deportation to stay in the United States.
Of the 11,682 immigration cases reviewed in the two test cities, officials have recommended closing 1,667 of them, provided they pass a final background check. The illegal aliens who had their cases dismissed did not, however, receive legal status or a work permit.
If the 14% were to hold consistent for the 300,000 cases pending before the immigration courts, approximately 42,000 illegal aliens would bypass the courts and be allowed to remain in the United States.
The Obama Administration says that "prosecutorial dsicretion" will allow illegal aliens to stay in the United States in special cases. Immigration officials who make the decisions must consider a long list of factors, such as military service, roots in the community or serve as a care provider for a person in need.
"If these results play out nationwide, tens of thousands of illegal immigrants will benefit and tens of thousands of Americans will find it harder to get jobs. How can the Obama administration justify granting work authorization to illegal immigrants when so many American citizens don't have jobs?" said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) who chairs the House Judiciary Committee which oversees immigration.
The Department of Homeland Security said it will brief Congress Members once the pilot program is completed.
For the full story, see CNN's website.
Updated: Mon, Jan 23rd 2012 @ 2:05pm EST