Conservative blogs have responded to the Obama administration's announcement of a new immigration policy by claiming that the president is "cancel[ing]" or "end[ing]" deportation of undocumented immigrants. In fact, the new policy prioritizes the deportation of criminals, and cases that are postponed can be reopened "at any given time."
Blog Headlines: New Policy "Cancels" Or "Ends" Deportation Of "Illegals"
Fox Nation: "Obama Cancels Deportations." From Fox Nation:
[Fox Nation, 8/18/11]
Drudge Report: "OBAMA CANCELS DEPORTATIONS OF ILLEGALS" And "Dems Declare 'Victory.' " From the Drudge Report:
[Drudge Report, accessed 8/19/11]
Ace of Spades: "Oh Boy: Obama Orders End To Deportation Of Illegal Aliens." From an Ace of Spades HQ post titled "Oh Boy: Obama Orders End to Deportation of Illegal Aliens":
Except those guilty of violent crimes.
I remember Schoolyard Rock telling me that the Congress was needed for such changes in the law. How they lied, and lied. [Ace of Spades, 8/18/11]
Hoft: "Lawless Obama Administration Halts Deportations Of Illegal Aliens." In a post titled "Lawless Obama Administration Halts Deportation of Illegal Aliens," Jim Hoft wrote on his blog Gateway Pundit:
It's an Obama world.
No morals. No money. No rules. No borders.
The Obama Administration will halt the deportation proceedings of illegal aliens on a case-by-case basis. [Gateway Pundit, 8/18/11]
Policy Actually "Postpone[s]" Low-Priority Deportations, Prioritizes Deporting Criminals
Boston Globe: Administration Will "Grant An Indefinite Reprieve" To "Immigrants Facing Deportation," So "Officials Can More Quickly Deport Convicted Criminals And Other Serious Cases." From The Boston Globe:
The Obama administration declared yesterday that it would grant an indefinite reprieve to an estimated thousands of immigrants facing deportation, allowing them to stay and work legally so officials can more quickly deport convicted criminals and other serious cases.
Federal officials said they are launching a review of each of the roughly 300,000 cases in the nation's immigration courts to ensure that new and existing ones reflect the administration's priorities to detain and deport criminals and threats to public safety. [The Boston Globe, 8/19/11]
AFP: Administration Officials Note That "The Government Could Reopen A Case At Any Given Time." From Agence France-Presse
"The idea is set those cases aside... see where we can identify very low priorities, and essentially, administratively, close the case so they no longer clog the system," a senior administration official told reporters.
The official however noted that the government could reopen a case at any given time. [AFP, 8/18/11]
AFP: Policy Shift Affects Only Cases "Already In Line For Deportation," Seeks To Avoid "'Clogging Up The System' With Low-Priority Cases." From Agence France-Presse:
The Obama administration said Thursday it would postpone the deportation of illegal immigrants without criminal records and allow them to apply for work permits as it reviews over 300,000 cases.
The case review would only affect those undocumented immigrants already in line for deportation proceedings, and not the vast majority of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
[A] senior administration official said the directive was aimed at investing US resources where they would have a "massive impact" on high-priority cases, such as those convicted of crimes in the United States, rather than "clogging up the system" with low-priority cases. [AFP, 8/18/11]