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Camino Real . Estudios de las Hispanidades Norteamericanas. Alcalá de Henares: Instituto Franklin
September 17, 2013

Latin@s and Social Movements in the Obama Years
By José Zapata Calderon

Hence, it was no accident that the Obama Administration, reading the writing on the wall, approved a policy of “prosecutorial discretion” in August, 2011 directing ICE officials to focus on primarily apprehending hard-core criminals and not on low-priority undocumented immigrants such as those with children who are U.S. citizens, those who came to the country as minors, or those who served in the military. However,the program was deemed a failure when Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University reported that “of the 298,173 cases that were pending at the end of September, 2012 – only 4,585 had been closed under the program by the end of May, 2012.” Hence, a program aimed at reducing nearly 300,000 pending immigration cases, only 1.5% of the backlogged cases were closed........[citing TRAC Research]

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