Take Note: Unauthorized Immigrants And The Use of Prosecutorial Discretion

Sep 18, 2015

Shoba Wadhia, author of "Beyond Deportation"
Credit Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

Under U.S. immigration law, one of the most widely used but misunderstood concepts is prosecutorial discretion. Simply put, that’s the influence immigration officials have on the outcome of a deportation case. It allows authorities to grant “non-priority” status to some illegal immigrants – hoping to use their limited resources to target the more dangerous individuals.

Shoba Wadhia, director of the Center for Immigrant’s Rights at Penn State Law, talks with WPSU’s Erin Cassidy Hendrick about prosecutorial discretion and how John Lennon of the Beatles was an unlikely hero of this immigration law. 

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