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NYT: Obama Admin. Delaying 56K Deportations to Save Money

NYT: Obama Admin. Delaying 56K Deportations to Save Money

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By    |   Thursday, 06 October 2016 11:10 PM

The Obama administration is quietly delaying deportation for more than 56,000 illegal Central American immigrants, letting them stay in the United States for several more years, The New York Times reported.

The delayed cases involve nearly half of the Central Americans who came to the United States as families since 2014, and close to a quarter of the total number of Central Americans who entered during that period, the Times reported, citing figures from the Justice Department.

The delays are a cost-saving measure "because of a lapse in enforcement that allowed immigrants who were supposed to be enrolled in an electronic monitoring program to go free," according to the Times.

Some of those affected had failed to report to government offices to be fitted with GPS ankle bracelets, according to a February memo from the chief immigration judge in Arlington, Va., Print Maggard.

Now that the government will not have to pay the daily fee of $4 to $8 a person to monitor those devices, the cases have been pushed back for years, some until 2023, judges and federal officials told the Times.

The cases of those who met their reporting obligations are still being expedited, with some cases moving faster than lawyers and judges had expected, the Times reported.

"The whole thing is docket chaos," retired immigration judge Paul Schmidt told the Times.

The shift in processing has been going on without public attention "for months," The Times reported – and "amounts to an unannounced departure from the administration's widely publicized pronouncements that cases tied to the so-called surge of 2014 would be rushed through the immigration courts in an effort to deter more Central Americans from entering the United States illegally."

The number of Central American families to enter the country illegally this year is expected to exceed that of 2014, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

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The Obama administration is quietly delaying deportation for more than 56,000 illegal Central America immigrants, letting them stay in the United States for several more years, The New York Times reported.
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