WASHINGTON - Homeland Security officials are considering at least two major policy changes to scale back deportations of immigrants in the country illegally to comply with President Barack Obama's order for "more humane" enforcement efforts, officials said yesterday.
WASHINGTON — Homeland Security officials are considering at least two major policy changes to scale back deportations of immigrants in the country illegally to comply with President Barack Obama’s order for “more humane” enforcement efforts, officials said yesterday.
The first change would ease or stop deportations of foreigners who have no criminal convictions other than immigration violations. If approved, deportation efforts would chiefly target people who have been charged or convicted in court and pose a potential threat.
Thousands who have overstayed visas or entered the country illegally are deported each year, including parents of children who are citizens but have broken no other laws.
Another change under consideration would scale back a controversial program known as Secure Communities. It allows immigration authorities to ask that immigrants in the country illegally be held in local jails until they can be transferred to federal facilities for deportation.
The proposed change would limit the local detentions and focus only on people with criminal records.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity a day after the White House said Jeh Johnson, the secretary of Homeland Security, was ordered to review deportation efforts.