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The Chicago Reporter
August 30, 2012

Undocumented Life: A year in, only a handful of immigrants benefit from 'prosecutorial discretion'
By MariaZamudio

During Barack Obama’s presidency, a record number of undocumented immigrants have been deported. Then last August he announced his administration would use its “prosecutorial discretion” to close deportation cases of some immigrants who have no serious criminal background and have U.S.-born children and other ties to the community. Under this initiative, the undocumented immigrants won’t qualify for a legal status, but they would, in some cases, qualify for a temporary work authorization. But, one year later, only 132 deportations cases in Chicago immigration court have been closed, according to the database maintained by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which monitors immigration courts. Elsewhere across the country, an additional 4,231 cases have been closed. In all, they account for only less than 2 percent of all reviewed deportation cases.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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