Aug 26, 2011

Immigration Politics: First Deportation Cases To Benefit From New Immigration Policy

Huffington Post: "One week after it's announcement by Homeland Security, two young men in Georgia were two of the first apparent beneficiaries of a new policy aimed at making undocumented immigrants with no criminal record, a low-priority for deportation....

Luis Enrique Hernandez, 18, and Pedro Morales, 19, can breathe a sigh of relief after their lawyer, Lino R. Rodriguez Jr. successfully filed a petition to halt their removal proceedings. Rodriguez said in a phone interview with The Huffington Post that past cases like Hernandez’ and Morales’ “would have ended in deportation”. “We haven’t had this argument [the Morton Memo] before, we didn’t have the tool to use. I think there would have been a very good chance that this would have ended in voluntary departure for both of them,” said Rodriguez."

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