Prosecutorial Discretion: Research, Tools & Community Resources

REPORTS FROM THE FAIR IMMIGRATION REFORM MOVEMENT

  • JUNE 2012 - Restore the Promise of Prosecutorial Discretion: An Assessment of DHS’ Prosecutorial Discretion Initiative and its Impact on Families on the Anniversary of its Announcement. Click to download the full report.
  • AUGUST 2012 – Organizing to Restore the Promise of Prosecutorial Discretion: Holding the Department of Homeland Security Accountably to Ensure Family Unity. Click to download the full report.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION TOOLS AND RESOURCES

 Alliance for Immigrants Rights & Reform – Michigan

  • AIR 1-page fact sheet for community members about prosecutorial discretion (Fact sheet in English)
  • La verdad sobre el Nuevo Programa de Perdón de Deportación” (En Español)

 CASA de Maryland (CASA)

 Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)

New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)

  • NYIC’s own summary of its community and advocacy activities related to Prosecutorial Discretion since Summer 2011

ANALYSIS, RESOURCES & TOOLS FROM ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS

 Immigration Policy Center (IPC)

Immigration Impact blog of the American Immigration Council (AIC)

National Immigration Law Center (NILC)

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) - TRAC is a data gathering, research and data distribution organization at Syracuse University.

The Applied Research Center (ARC)

Immigrant Advocates Network Nonprofit Resource Center

  • A resource that compiles reports, analysis and guidance from a number of immigrant legal and non-profit service providers.  Individuals and organizations can sign-up and register for access to this resource. Click here.

MEMOS & INFO FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ON PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION

  • June 2011 Memo on Prosecutorial Discretion from ICE Director John Morton
  • August 2011 Letter from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to Senator Dick Durbin outlining the administration’s “focused enforcement” approach targeting resources on the “highest priorities”
  • ICE/DHS “Frequently Asked Questions” and Answers Regarding Prosecutorial Discretion to Focus Immigration Enforcement Resources on High Priority Cases
  • November 2011 Memo from ICE Principal Legal Advisor Peter Vincent with guidance on implementation of Prosecutorial Discretion [courtesy of Immigration Policy Center website]
  • November 2011 Memo with Guidance to ICE Attorneys reviewing cases before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) [courtesy of Immigration Policy Center website]
  • November 2011 “Next Steps” memo from ICE regarding implementation of Prosecutorial Discretion
  • November 2011 Policy Memorandum from USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services, an agency of DHS) regarding guidance on the referral of cases and issuance of “Notices to Appear” (NTAs)

OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCY REPORTS ON PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION