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August 22, 2011

Editorial - Rewarding law breakers

President Barack Obama’s administration announced on Thursday that it would grant an indefinite reprieve to an estimated thousands of immigrants facing deportation. Federal officials are launching a review of each of the roughly 300,000 cases in the nation’s immigration courts to reflect the administration’s priorities to detain and deport criminals and threats to public safety. Those who are guilty only of being here illegally would have the chance to apply for a work permit. Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, praised the move as a “humane and rational approach.” Massachusetts has the second-longest immigration court backlog in the United States. Nationwide, more than 275,000 cases were pending as of May, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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