The deporting of undocumented immigrants without criminal records of a serious nature may well be reduced significantly. A recent report confirms the changes from new immigration policies by the Obama administration in November. The study is by the (MPI) Migration Policy Institute based in Washington and a highly respected research institution on immigration. The MPI report that the new policies are set to reduce deportation by around 25,000 per year. Protection is also anticipated to extend to a much wider range of undocumented immigrants.

The The administration, as a precedent, has promised to focus on deporting those foreign criminals that have serious criminal records. Policy has shifted and those immigrants with non criminal records and criminals without regard or priority.

According to the MPI statement the changes in respect of the stance on criminal records may well offer protection to around 87% of the 11 million currently estimated immigrants without authority. This figure up from 73% under previous guidelines.

Policies have also been implemented to protect those children now resident who are now domiciled in the States as a result of their undocumented parents. However a federal judge in Texas has ruled contrary to the executive actions. The order by the judge is currently being appealed by the administration. These new policies see a definite shift in strategy. Previously undocumented immigrants in record numbers faced deportation every year. Largely consisting of immigrants with or without criminal records.

The emphasis within the policies will be the deportation under 4 categories that being: Those seen as national security threats, those being convicted felons, detainees held directly after border crossing and gang members. Alternatively the increase in protection may well save non citizens with criminal records of no more than 3 misdemeanours, those returning to the States illegally prior to 1st January 2104 after previously being deported. Those also subject to a final removal order before 1st January 2014.

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