From the SEIU…
Last Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that an inter-agency task force will begin reviewing 300,000 pending deportation cases to stop removal proceedings if they do not involve high priority cases involving immigrants convicted of serious crimes.
Some of the low-priority categories that would be shelved could include, for example, DREAM eligible students who have no criminal records and were brought to the U.S. by their parents, undocumented spouses of U.S. military personnel, and or immigrants in mixed family situations. Additionally, once the deportation cases are closed, these immigrants could apply for employment authorization.
In an effort to spread the word on this announcement, SEIU Local 26 President Javier Morillo Alicea participated in a telephonic press conference yesterday with the American Immigration Council. (Listen to an mp3 of the information presented in the briefing here). “For years now we have reminded the Administration that their stated enforcement priorities of going after criminals–not law-abiding citizens–was not an on-the-ground reality. Last week’s announcement, if properly implemented, will give teeth to long-stated enforcement priorities which is an extremely important move on the part of the Administration. It is right on policy and it is right on politics,” Morillo-Alicea said.
Read the rest of the SEIU release.
Emphasis added. Citizens?