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Undocumented Feds to Review Immigrant Cases Paul Sakuma / AP Photo

Feds to Review Immigrant Cases

A senior White House official said Thursday that federal deportation policy will be eased in an effort to better locate high-risk undocumented immigrants. Authorities will individually review 300,000 illegal immigrants’ cases and allow those who haven’t committed crimes or aren’t deemed a threat to public safety to have the chance to stay in the U.S. and apply for a work permit, the official said. The decision could ultimately benefit 11 million illegal immigrants who live in the U.S. but live under the radar to avoid being deported. Some immigration advocates cheered the news because it will unclog the system, but hardliners were angered by the new policy, with some saying it would allow “virtually unlimited” immigration.

August 18, 2011 6:34 PM