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DHS Prioritizes Removal Cases

On August 18, 2011, DHS announced that it is focusing resources on the highest enforcement priorities and identifying removal cases that are of the lowest priority. The working group consists of various government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Executive Office of Immigrantion Review (EOIR) and Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL). The working group is in the process of identifying low priority cases that are pending before the immigration court and taking steps to administratively close these cases. The working group will also set up guidelines for immigration authorities to review prior to placing individuals in removal proceedings and immigration court. The DHS announcement is NOT an amnesty program and individuals should retain a qualified immigration attorney to evaluate his/her immigration situation. More information can be found on the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) website: http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=36705