Homeland Security Secretary conducting polically charged review of U.S. Deportation Policy
WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is considering limiting deportations of immigrants in the U.S. illegally but without serious criminal records.
On President Barack Obama's orders, Johnson is conducting a politically charged review of U.S. deportation policy.
The potential change could shield tens of thousands of illegal immigrants now removed each year because of repeated immigration violations, such as re-entering the country illegally after being deported. The change would fall short of deportation curbs demanded by activists claiming congressional inaction on immigration legislation.
The possible move was confirmed by two people with knowledge of Johnson's review: John Sandweg, formerly acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and an immigration advocate who has discussed the review with administration officials but spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were confidential.
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