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January 22, 2014

Immigrant Faces Deportation Over Missing License Plate Screw
By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

According to a new Transactional Access Records Clearinghouse report, officials have increasingly used their prosecutorial discretion to spare some individuals from deportation. In some immigration courts, up to 20 percent of cases were closed through prosecutorial discretion. The research theorized, “it could indicate that in some locations, enforcement personnel do a better job screening out cases that would meet the administration’s [prosecutorial discretion] standards before they ever reach court. If that is the case, then a high [prosecutorial discretion] court closure rate may be a sign that inadequate review.”

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