March has proven to be a big month for deportation news. President Obama shouldered much of the blame for his administration’s nearly 2 million deportations. One leader from the Latino community went so far as to label him the “Deporter-in-Chief.” In response, the president called for a more humane approach to deportation, acknowledging that the current policies are broken.


Also, the Pew Research Center released a set of statistics on deportations in 2013, revealing that more than one-third of people facing deportation that year had no criminal record. Out of the 59 percent of deportations that did involve a crime, 26 percent of the cases involved misdemeanors.

Although Democrats and reform advocates cite the high number of deportations as proof that the president is not working to help immigrants, Republicans in the legislature claim that he’s failing to enforce the law in many cases, pointing out that most of the deportations under his administration have come from border enforcement.

Wider Use Of Prosecutorial Discretion May Lead To More Humane Deportation Policies

The Huffington Post reports that a memo sent out by the retired Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director John Morton align with Obama’s call for more humane deportation policies. Morton encouraged ICE agents to show leniency to defendants in deportation cases if they were:

  • Pregnant
  • Mothers of young children
  • Minors
  • Elderly
  • Long-time residents of the United States
  • Victims of violent crimes
  • Mentally ill

If you are facing deportation, now is the time to contact an experienced deportation lawyer who can help you determine whether or not you could qualify for prosecutorial discretion. Alternatively, your attorney can help you apply for any number of programs designed to keep you in the country.

At the O’Brien Law Group, we are dedicated to helping our clients work within the legal system to remain in the country. To learn how we can help, please call us at 502-400-7890.

U.S. Government Allows Family That Was Denied Asylum To Remain In The Country

BBC News reports that the government issued prosecutorial discretion to a German family who are now allowed to remain in the United States. The family expected to be deported back to their home country after they were denied asylum based on religious discrimination. The Christian couple claimed that German authorities threatened to jail them for home-schooling their children.

They’ve been living in the country for six years. ICE officials explained that they use prosecutorial discretion to shift their resources to higher priority targets such as criminal offenders. The story shows that the deportation system holds the capacity to be humane.

If the U.S. government sent you a notice to appear, call us immediately. We will develop a defense strategy designed to keep you in the United States. To speak with a Louisville deportation lawyer about your case, call 502-400-7890..

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