Between March 1 and May 31, federal prosecutors moved to reopen more than 1,300 immigration cases, according to Reuters's analysis of Executive Office of Immigration Review data — more than three times the number reopened under the Obama administration in the same period of 2016.
The Obama administration, by comparison, moved to reopen 430 cases during that period last year, and generally only did so if an individual had committed a serious crime.
Under the previous administration, Obama put a low priority on deporting immigrants who were not considered to be a significant threat to public safety. Attorneys say these newly reopened cases include immigrants cited for only minor crimes, such as traffic violations.
"This is a sea change," former American Immigration Lawyers Association President David Leopold told Reuters. "Before, if someone did something after the case was closed out, that showed that person was a threat, then it would be reopened. Now they are opening cases just because they want to deport people." [MORE]