SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – President Obama is looking to deport the fewest number of immigrants since 2007, but there are still no clear-cut deportation policies in the country to make this happen.
When it comes to deportation, there are no definitive policies outlining who stays and who goes. It is primarily done on a case-by-case basis. The problem here is that immigration officials are overwhelmed with the amount of cases they have to review, which slows down both the legalization and deportation process.
Immigration activists say there needs to be structure. “We really need to have a policy to look at all the immigration categories, along with compassion for people who’s circumstances are particularly difficult,” says Father Bill Pomerleau, an immigrant advocate for the Springfield diocese.
One of those situations was the Central American immigrant children seeking refuge in Chicopee last month.
Residents protested against it. Because of the lack of deportation policies in the country, some Western Massachusetts residents say that it should be addressed on a case-by-case basis while others say policies should be put in place.
Emmanuel Rivera from Springfield told 22News, “I don’t think that it should just be one policy with just black and white because it’s never just black and white.”
Others say every country should have policies that apply to everyone. “The immigration policy shouldn’t be based on the color of the skin of the person or based on where they’re coming from,” says Marco Dermith of Springfield. “It should be fair and apply equally to everybody.”
However, President Obama has delayed announcing what changes he will make to the nation’s immigration policies to carry out these deportations. He plans to make that announcement after the November election.