National Immigration Law Center
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Our mission is to defend & advance the rights & opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.

Federal Enforcement



Administrative Relief & Prosecutorial Discretion
Includes information about how the Obama administration could use executive authority to stop deportations.

PEP (Priority Enforcement Program), “Secure Communities,” 287(g), and Related Programs

Stateside Provisional Waiver of 3- or 10-year Bar for Unlawful Presence

Victims of Crime | U Visas

Other Administrative Initiatives

Action & Advocacy Resources


What DHS Can Do Right Now

Much attention is focused on the possibility that federal immigration reform legislation being considered in Congress will resolve many of the problems created by our broken immigration system. In the meantime, however, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has many practical options for ensuring that its detention and deportation system does not separate families and force the removal of the members of our communities who, ultimately, should benefit from federal immigration reform legislation. DHS should do three things . . . .