Homeland Security Pushes to Cancel More Than 1,600 Deportations

FoxNews – Associated Pres

WASHINGTON –  The Obama administration has recommended canceling deportation proceedings for more than 1,600 illegal immigrants in Denver and Baltimore not considered a national security or public threat, a DHS official said Thursday.

The recommendations come after a review of 11,682 pending cases involving illegal immigrants not jailed by federal authorities as part of an Obama administration pledge to focus deportation efforts on criminal illegal immigrants and those who pose a national security or public safety threat.

According to preliminary figures shared with The Associated Press, 7,923 cases were reviewed in Denver and officials recommended closing 1,301. In Baltimore, 366 of the 3,759 cases reviewed were recommended for closure.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the preliminary data has not been released publicly, said the recommendation to cancel the deportation case hinges on the immigrants being cleared by a final and extensive background check that will include the use of biometric data such as fingerprints.

“We wanted to triple check” everyone’s background before halting a deportation case, the official said.

Starting in early December, the immigration court dockets in Denver and Baltimore were suspended while officials did a “deep dive” of the entire backlog of pending deportations. Meanwhile, cases in other jurisdictions were also reviewed, though data on those reviews has not been released.

The Obama administration announced in August that roughly 300,000 pending deportation cases would be reviewed and non-criminals and those illegal immigrants who don’t pose a public safety or national security threat were likely to have their cases put on hold indefinitely. In June, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton issued a memo outlining when authorities could use discretion in deciding which illegal immigrants to arrest and put into deportation proceedings.

Critics of the review and the discretion policy have said President Barack Obama is circumventing Congress to change immigration policies.

In a statement Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith again called the policies “backdoor amnesty.”

“The results from the pilot programs show that President Obama’s backdoor amnesty only works for illegal immigrants, not Americans,” Smith said. “Nearly 2,000 illegal and criminal immigrants in Denver and Baltimore have been granted backdoor amnesty that allows them to remain in the U.S. and apply for work authorization. And this administration routinely grants work authorization to 90 percent of illegal immigrants when their cases have been administratively closed.”

The DHS official said that only illegal immigrants who would have been eligible to apply for a work permit before their deportation case was suspended will now be eligible. The official did not say how many people may be eligible.

“If you can apply for a work permit under existing law, you can apply now,” the official said, adding that closure of the deportation case will not automatically qualify someone for a work permit.

Immigrants whose cases are closed won’t gain legal status and could once again face deportation if they commit a crime or become a security threat, the official said.

The nationwide review is expected to be completed by the end of the summer. The official said the number of cases recommended for closure is likely to vary by court jurisdiction.


  1. As soon as the election is OVER and the votes (legal and illegal) counted, we will know if the DEMON RATS have once again OBSTRUCTED the system to win elections.

  2. Hello, my name’s Khamphanh Phonesavanh. I have been on a up and down situation i
    for the past 10 years with my past deportation situation. I’ve been working all my life, sure I’ve some default in my past. I have over come and accepted it, and I have regret all that I have done. I have made up for my mistake through incarceration and counseling. In the year 2000 I was picked up by US Marshall at my home while I was eating with my family. I asked them what did I do? they just asked me to come with them, so we drove and they detained me in different cities, and finally after night fall we, all other’s that were also being picked up, was transfer into an airplane. We landed in Eloy, Arizona. There I was back inside behind fences I don’t know what was going on. All that is gone through my mind was, ” will I see my family again? So I started to socialize with the others to get info on why we are all here and how long will we be here? All the answer I’ve gotten was, sign the paper and you’ll get out faster, and if you fight it, you’ll be here longer. So the first thing I did when I went in front of the judge was, I told him I wanted to sign the paper? There I was deported. But I wasn’t deported back to my countries, I’m sure glad I didn’t, because I’ve in America all my life since 1979. Well, one day I was in my cell, I heard my door open, and the CO told me to pack up my my belonging. I have ask him why, he didn’t response. So then they got me into this van, all the window were blinded, the van was kinda dark where you can’t see outside the van. One thing that came to my mind was,” I’m really being deported back to my countries”, I was devastated, cause I heard my countries were communist and if I get sent back there I will be kill. I was praying hard to whom ever will listen to me, I was scared for the first time in my life, and I’ve cried deep inside me. Suddenly the door open, the guard told me to get out, so I’ve got out. So he said, you can go now, I’ve looked around and I was at an airport, I asked the guard where do I go? He said call your family, and then he driven off. I still couldn’t believe it, I’m actually free. So I called my oldest sister to send me money for a bus ticket, she did and I took the bus home. and until this day I still checked in with he INS located in Sacramento. My question was,how do I know when I can apply for my green card back or a work permit? Even though I still can work for a private company ever since on and off through the years, but when I’ve tried to get a state job so I can make better income to feed my family, I can’t, because this situation here had a halt on it from letting me have a better life. Please if there’s a way anyone can help, I am all ears. I am now 36 years old, I’ve been trying to make a better life for myself.

  3. This is not what I came here for, but I am easly side tracked.Going to make this short as posable.Don’t like telling this to people that don’t know my son, but need to take the chance.A few years ago my son met and fell in love with a woman. Afterwards she begain to let him know more and more.He was in love so went to work making her legel.S he is now through with him ,but couldn’t just lieve she had charges pressed against him for child porn .If you knew my son, you would know this is crazy.She walks away and he is looking at 10 yrs.Even if not my son.Inacent people don’t belong in jail.Every day I pray for his strenght to get him through this.If you have questions send me an e-mail(j_kreiger@yahoo.com. Thankk You for letting me vent.

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