USA recently came up with a new immigration policy to address the prolonged issue of illegal immigration. According to these new policy immigrants with no criminal record and who are not a threat to public safety are allowed to apply for work permits and stay in the US (refer ‘Undocumented migrants with no criminal record can stay in US’). In step further toward the same, USA has come up with certain criteria upon which the eligibility of the immigrants will be judged.
In deciding whether an individual will be prosecuted or not, the guidelines proposed by John Morton, director of US Custom and Immigration Enforcement will be considered. Morton has listed some factors depending upon which the individual’s status in the US will be decided. These factors are:
Morton, however, cautions that the above list is not exhaustive and just one factor cannot decide whether a person will stay or go. Eligibility on all the factors is mandatory for a person to remain in the USA.
Backing the guidelines proposed by Morton, Cecilia Munoz, the White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs wrote on White House blog, “There are more than 10 million people who are in the U.S. illegally; it’s clear that we can’t deport such a large number. So the Administration has developed a strategy to make sure we use those resources in a way that puts public safety and national security first.”
In deciding who to deport, Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department will apply ‘common sense guidelines,' wrote Munoz.
The new immigration policy is designed to make better use of limited immigration-enforcement resources and to help ease overburdened immigration courts.