• News
  • Celebrities
  • Finance
  • Crypto
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Health
  • Others

Rep. Lamar Smith to introduce bill to block ICE from choosing who to deport

Last week, a memo (PDF) circulated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director John Morton instructed federal officials throughout the county to use their discretion in evaluating whether an undocumented immigrant should be deported, identifying 19 factors that might merit deferring deportation from the United States. In response to this memo, House Judiciary Chair Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said he will introduce a bill preventing the Obama administration from selectively deferring the deportation of undocumented immigrants, calling the ICE memo evidence of the administration’s effort to circumvent Congress and “legalize millions of illegal immigrants.”

Smith’s bill, the Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation (HALT) Act, has yet to be introduced. In a “Dear Colleague” letter circulated last Thursday, Smith said that the bill would prevent the administration from deferring or cancelling deportation, granting work authorization to undocumented immigrants and issuing temporary protected status (TPS) to new immigrant groups. Temporary protected status was last used by the Obama administration to prevent Haitian immigrants from being deported in the wake of the 2010 earthquake; Smith’s letter argued that Congress itself could grant TPS to the potential victims of future humanitarian disasters when the need arises.

Other conservatives have echoed Smith’s arguments about prosecutorial discretion, including Kansas Secretary of State and co-author of Alabama’s new far-reaching immigration enforcement bill Kris Kobach, who told the Daily Caller that the ICE memo is a “stealth DREAM Act.” This refers to the bill proposed by congressional Democrats which would give those who immigrated without authorization to the United States as children a path to citizenship provided they serve in the military or go to college. As the American Prospect’s Adam Serwer points out, however, there’s a very big legal difference between not deporting someone and granting them citizenship.

In the wake of Jose Antonio Vargas’ article in the New York Times in which he revealed his undocumented status, commentators have speculated over whether Vargas will now be deported back to the Philippines, where he emigrated from as a child. Marshall Fitz, director of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, told Mother Jones’ Suzy Khimm that Vargas’ “very public profile” would most likely lead to prosecutors deciding not to pursue his deportation. However, if Smith’s bill were to pass, prosecutors would have no choice but to push for the deportation of Vargas and any other confessed undocumented immigrant—including the many so-called DREAMers, undocumented immigrants who have admitted their status in an attempt to shore up public support for the DREAM Act.

Even before the ICE memo, the Obama administration had said that it prioritized criminal over non-criminal deportations. Nevertheless, about 50.2 percent of all deported immigrants in fiscal year 2010, or 197,090 individuals, were non-criminal immigrant violators. Of those people deported so far this fiscal year, 50.0 percent have been non-criminal violators. It’s unclear what if any “stealth amnesty” is in effect given that under the Obama administration half of all deported violators committed no crime other than immigrating to the United States.

In a congressional hearing in January, the deputy director of ICE said that the average cost of deporting someone is about $12,500. Prosecutorial discretion, although hailed by immigrant rights activists as an unofficial DREAM Act and condemned by conservatives for the same reason, could also simply be a means of setting priorities for limited budgetary resources. It’s unclear how Smith’s bill would overcome the basic reality that funds for trying and deporting undocumented immigrants are limited and forcing the executive branch to treat every violation case equally would cost a lot more than the current policies do.

Discussion & Comments (0)

    Recent Articles

    • Things You Should Know about North America

      Things You Should Know about North America

      Get to know more about North America.

    • Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Paula Seling's experience on the Eurovision stage led her to declare that "Eurovision is an unpredictable contest". Which may explain the success of the young Lena from Germany, about whom the predictions before the event did not offer much chances for victory.

    • VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      Have you ever contemplated creating a user-friendly site dedicated to sports-related free live streaming channels?

    • Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia users are able to watch thousands of videos and other contents online. XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia New is a piece of software that enables people to watch videos online without having to pay for memberships. On a graphics card, the XNXubd also provides some of the best gaming and virtual reality experiences.

    • Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      A new edition of the Video Editor Apk for xVideostudio.Video Studio has all the latest features, including support for multiple video download formats in HD, FHD, and even 4K resolutions.

    • 9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      Masturbation is a common activity for men and women. It's a natural and risk-free way to explore your body, experience pleasure, and release sexual tension.

    • Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Without having to sign up or pay anything, you can watch movies online for free with SFlix. It has more than 10,000 movies and television shows.

    • Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Collins (born May 11, 1997) is a rapper from the United States. Leray started publishing songs to SoundCloud in 2014, and in 2018 she released her breakthrough track "Huddy" as well as her first mixtape, Everythingcoz.

    • Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Are you in a bind and looking for a place to obtain free mp3 songs? Never again will you need to bother, since this article has everything necessary to obtain your solution. Download free music from MyfreeMP3.com, one of the world's most popular websites.