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Tag: immigration law

Justice Department Wants to Slow Pace of Deportations by Focusing on Immigrants with Violent Histories

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

City and county jails are increasingly rejecting federal requests to hold immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Now the Justice Department plans to do something about it – reduce deportation mainly to immigrants who have committed violent crimes, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is expected to make his case before the Security Communities.

The move is controversial because it would reduce the number of deportations.

Supporters say the initiative would allow local police to handle their own crimes and for more humane treatment of immigrants.

Republicans oppose any changes to Secure Communities without an overhaul of the immigration law, the Los Angeles Times wrote.

Republican Senator Sessions Slams ICE Director Morton, Calling for His Resignation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions on Tuesday blasted the performance of ICE Director John Morton and called for his resignation, saying he has failed to enforce immigration law, the Daily Caller reports.

“Mr. Morton can no longer effectively serve at this post, and perhaps more importantly there can be no comprehensive immigration reform as long as he’s the person in charge with enforcing it,” Sessions said, explaining failures to enforce current immigration law.

Sessions and others have criticized the Obama administration of diluting immigration enforcement.

“It’s well documented that the Obama administration has either unilaterally weakened or outright waived the enforcement at the border, at the — in the interior and at the work site and at the welfare office of existing immigration laws,” Sessions explained. “That’s just a fact.”