Most undocumented immigrants not the target of enforcement

A report from the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group, found up to 87 percent of undocumented immigrants would likely be able to stay in the U.S. under new immigration enforcement programs. Immigration reform has been a hot topic, and many aspects of the Obama administration’s plans in this area have been contested. However, the new Priority Enforcement Program is underway and focuses on people who are a danger to national security or who have recently crossed the border illegally. People who have been in the U.S. for some time and are established here are likely to be able to remain, according to The New York Times.

“The new priorities focus more precisely and narrowly on people convicted of crimes and public safety threats,” Marc Rosenblum, the report’s author and the deputy director of the U.S. immigration policy program at the Migration Policy Institute, told the source. If everything goes according to plan, “immigrants who have long been living in the U.S. and are not committing crimes will receive a degree of protection and likely will not be facing deportation,” Rosenblum added.