World Magazine -- Rob Holmes
Under a new Obama administration directive, immigration agents have been ordered to screen illegal immigrants to help them avoid deportation. The order quickly followed President Barack Obama’s executive order creating a program to help undocumented migrants gain temporary legal status.
The screening procedure is outlined in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) training documents secured by the Associated Press. Agents must use a checklist of questions so they can “prioritize felons, not families”—meaning they don’t pursue deportation for those whose only crime is entering the country illegally, especially if they have family members in the United States. Ironically, the president claimed his program’s effects will “secure the border” and “hold undocumented workers accountable,” as immigrants will ostensibly “pay their fair share of taxes” in a modernized “legal immigration system.”
The new procedures apply to agents in Customs and Border Protection (CPB) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Agents must “immediately begin identifying persons in their custody, as well as newly encountered persons” who may be eligible for protection from deportation.
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Updated: Thu, Feb 12th 2015 @ 3:40pm EST