Discretion program a mixed bag for immigrants

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The U.S. government is offering to shelve some deportation cases, but some immigrants are rejecting the deal, preferring to take a shot at winning asylum or a green card in immigration court.

That's because the offer doesn't end the specter of deportation or promise a work permit or green card.

Immigrant advocates say another problem is authorities are only offering the deal to immigrants with very compelling cases who tend to be long-time residents with a decent shot at winning in immigration court.

The government is reviewing the country's 300,000 immigration court cases to focus on those involving criminals. So far, officials have screened nearly 220,000 cases and decided to offer to put on hold 7.5 percent of them. Officials could not say how many immigrants had accepted the deal.


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