Non-felon illegal immigrants going unprosecuted as U.S. focuses on threats.

The Department of Homeland Security is reviewing thousands of pending…

The Department of Homeland Security is reviewing thousands of pending immigration cases and moving to dismiss those filed against suspected illegal immigrants who have no serious criminal records, according to sources familiar with the efforts.

Culling the immigration court system dockets of immigrants who aren’t believed to be dangerous started in earnest in Houston about a month ago and has stunned local immigration attorneys, who have reported coming to court anticipating clients’ deportations only to learn that the government was tossing their cases.

Richard Rocha, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman, said Tuesday that the review is part of the agency’s broader, nationwide strategy to prioritize the deportations of illegal immigrants who pose a threat to national security and public safety.

Critics assailed the plan as another sign that the Obama administration is trying to create a kind of backdoor “amnesty” program.

Immigration attorney Raed Gonzalez, who is liaison between the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which administers the immigration court system, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said Homeland Security has assigned five attorneys full time to review all active cases in Houston’s immigration court.

Gonzalez said Homeland Security attorneys are conducting the reviews case by case. However, he said their general guidelines allow dismissal of cases for defendants who have been in the U.S. two or more years and have no felony convictions.

In some cases, defendants can have one misdemeanor conviction, but it cannot involve a DWI, family violence or a sex crime, Gonzalez said.

Opponents of illegal immigration were critical of the dismissals.

“This situation is just another side effect of President Obama’s failure to deliver on his campaign promise to make immigration reform a priority in his first year,” said U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. “Until he does, state and local authorities are left with no choice but to pick up the slack for prosecuting and detaining criminal aliens.”

Source: Susan Carroll for Dallas News.

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  • crossing the border and entering the USA without
    the correct documents is a felony! the real crime here is if a honest to goodness US citizen was found guilty of a felony they loose every right they have! so the olny american thing too do is
    charge them just like anyone in politics or law enforcement or any other leagle citizen would be subject too if found guilty of a federal crime wich happens to be the same felony a terrorist is guilty of when they enter the USA without propper
    documents….lets get one thing straight here.if they are in the US their guilty! now that we got
    that out of the way,seize all assets. if there is any trace of funds obtained while here unlawfuly
    just go ahead and add racteering,and if that money was sent to any country to avoid paying taxs or cleaned by sending it to be traded for another note because that goverment is corupt and wont ask where it came from,thats money laundering…… so just add that to the list! thats four of the biggest
    felony cahrges out there. all fed. time… and before you say where do we keep them? keep in mind
    there is plenty of space in prisons all over the world. people who were found guilty of the same crimes have foud themselfs held all over the world
    ,mexico would be ideal,even ecuador or would be even better if they were taken
    back to the country they came from to face the charges there,and lets see how their own people treat them when millions of them are pouring back
    into their country of origen as felons.then when
    THEIR country see’s what little welfare they have wiped out,probly 70 to a 100 kids per class and still not enough schools,then jobs become a thing of the past driving wages even lower than they are
    “just think what mexico would be like” the american dollar stops being drained from our economy and going to theirs, and when they get their gangs back it will send crime so high it makes the cartell look like a dry off color joke!!!!prisons explode to the point they have no choice but to enforce laws in such a militant way
    that it effects the basic human rights of every good hard working person. if you read this and felt offended i would like you to ask yourself
    3 things? you beleive that good people deserve a chance at a free life in the USA no matter where they are from or what race they are?
    if you said yes then defend it by making the our current goverment or any other goverment after enforce the laws and prosecute anyone who breaks
    them,just like they do us. you feel the statement about send unlawful
    people back to the country they came from to do time in a third world country and face all the results in the statement is to harsh?if you said
    yes,you should know that those things are already
    hapening to US citizens right now!
    3. what if your son or loved one who was a legit
    american citizen had those 4 felonies hanging over
    their head would he or she get a break? if you said no, your most likely a hard working leagle US

  • Luz Lopez

    Hi, i just want to say i just started reading your magazines and I am very addicted. Well, i think that we shouldnt open up our borders and just give everyone a chance to be a united states citizen/resident, but i also believe that we can’t kick out everyone that is here and has been here for decades without proper documentation. If you have been here since you were a minor, and it was’nt your decision to come to the united states, then why are you going to be punished for it. Alot of people will say, well when they are 18 they can go back to wherever the hell they came form but can you imagine someone that has been here since they were 10 years old, they have never been to their native country and everything they know and love is in the united states, to one day have an ice agent tell them that they are being deported to a country they dont know? I believe there should be a punishment for being an illegal alien here in the united states. but that does not mean deprive them from life liberty and the right to live in peace. My solution would be to deport everyone who has no documentation that has broken the law, who has commited any misdeminor or above excluding non violent and traffic infractions (three strikes on DWI & DUI).
    Prohibation for “illegal aliens”. How does that work? Process them: finger prints names, criminal check here and in their country,documentations, everything…. then, if they qualify, give them a identification card. then have them be on prohibation for the next 10 years. They have to keep a job, stay drug free, stay out of trouble, and show that they can stay independent without government help.They have to pay back taxesand surcharges too. if they screw up, they get deported. after those ten years, give them the oppportunity to apply for their residency. I feel that with a system like that, not only will it help keep count of how many people are here in the united states illegally but will also help keep the ones that shouldnt be here out…