I spend a good amount of time reading through articles on the latest immigration buzz. Since this summer, a lot of it has been centered on prosecutorial discretion in civil immigration enforcement.
On June 17 of this year, Director John Morton of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a memo meant to set guidelines on exercising prosecutorial discretion. The June 17 memo, often referred to as “the Morton Memo”, builds on an earlier memo setting enforcement priorities. The Morton Memo acknowledges that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has limited enforcement capacity, and that it should focus its resources on aliens that represent the largest threat toU.S. interests.