The U.S. Department of Homeland Security this morning released the preliminary results of their case-by-case review pilot program for the cities of Baltimore, Maryland, and Denver, Colorado.
The pilot program will most likely serve as a ‘template’ that DHS officials and attorneys will be using for all other cities as they sift through the thousands of deportation cases that are currently pending nationwide.
According to DHS, the data show that ICE attorneys reviewed 3,759 cases in Baltimore and recommended that 366 of those cases be administratively closed provided they clear a comprehensive background check. With regard to the Denver pilot, the data also indicates that ICE reviewed 7,923 cases and recommended that 1,301 of those cases be administratively closed pending background check. This basically means that the Obama Administration is planning on closing about 10 percent of the deportation cases in Baltimore and 16 percent in Denver.
DHS also noted in their announcement that the final number of administrative closures in Denver and Baltimore will likely be different, and could be even greater:
These numbers are only preliminary and do not reflect the number of cases that will ultimately be closed in those jurisdictions, nor are they reflective of the number of cases that will ultimately be closed during the case by case review nationally. For a variety of reasons, including the results of background checks, the final results of the pilot programs will likely differ from these preliminary numbers. Nevertheless, because they could be reported in the media, we wanted to ensure that you were first aware.
FAIR will be sure to keep everyone in the loop on ensuing official news and information from DHS concerning this issue.