Could New ICE Memo Let DREAMers, Vets Avoid Deportation?

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The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a memo Friday noting that ICE employees have “prosecutorial discretion” when it comes to immigration enforcement, and lists detailed ways in which this discretion may be used.  The factors ICE may consider when deciding whether or not to pursue a case include: veterans and members of the U.S. armed forces; long-time lawful permanent residents; minors and elderly individuals; individuals present in the United States since childhood; pregnant or nursing women; victims of domestic violence; trafficking, or other serious crimes; individuals who suffer from a serious mental or physical disability; and individuals with serious health conditions.

"Of course, just because ICE employees have discretion, doesn’t mean they’ll use it," notes Latino blog NewsTaco.com, "but this is a big departure from the Obama Administration’s policies of historic deportations and Secure Communities deportations of non-criminals."