Deportation Review Program Expands to Seven More Cities

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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will expand its program to review pending deportation cases to four more cities at the end of April: Detroit, New Orleans, Orlando and Seattle, and to New York in May, San Francisco in June and Los Angeles in July, reports La Opinión. Those courts will suspend their daily docket of cases while they conduct the review to separate "high priority" from "low-priority" deportation cases. 

Deportations will be expedited for those identified as "high priority" cases, including those who have committed crimes or pose a security risk to the United States. The deportation of undocumented immigrants identified as "low priority" cases will be administratively closed. "Low-priority" cases include students who were brought to the U.S. as young children, military veterans, the elderly and undocumented immigrants with family ties to the United States, including same-sex couples. These individuals, however, will not be provided with a path to legal status and will effectively remain in limbo.

The expansion follows a six-week pilot program launched in December in Baltimore and Denver. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton announced earlier this month that the government had reviewed 142,000 of the 300,000 pending deportation cases, of which 1,500 were administratively closed. Officials say that number could reach 13,000 by the end of the review process.