Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has disregarded the November prosecutorial discretion memorandum. ICE has implemented its own policy in accordance to Judge Hanen’s injunction against DACA and DAPA, President Obama’s proposal’s to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Individuals that check in with ICE will be taken into custody for removal if they have a significant misdemeanor conviction, 3 misdemeanors, or a final order after 1/1/14. ICE is disregarding individuals who are eligible for DAPA, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans or DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Individuals considered a level 3 priority, representing the lowest priority for apprehension and removal, are also being taken into custody. According to the Carolinas Chapter of the American immigration Lawyers Association Individuals, ICE is also going after individuals that do not check in with them.
As of right now, Hartford is not taking people into custody; however, this case is being used as an excuse to go against the November memorandum. President Obama has warned ICE workers to follow executive amnesty, he emphasizes that there will be consequences for ICE workers that do not follow policy. President Obama has stated that he is ready to win this legal fight. It is important that the court acts quickly to restore order and faith in the fairness of the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws.
We will provide you with updates when more information is available. We are here to answer any questions you have and give legal advice concerning this and other legal immigration concerns. If you are in Connecticut or the New York area,contact Attorney James A. Welcome or call (203) 806-7922.