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The Department of Homeland Security will conduct a review of all pending deportation cases around the country to conduct a triage of the courts’ overwhelmed dockets. The review is intended to focus resources on deporting those who have committed serious crimes or pose national security risks.
The review will include six-week pilot projects in the immigration courts in Denver and Baltimore. During the pilot projects, teams of immigration agency lawyers will evaluate each case pending before those courts. Those cases which are not determined to fit with the government’s priorities may be administratively closed but will not be dismissed. The fact that a person’s case is administratively closed will not entitle him to any work permit or any other immigration status. Additionally, the administratively closed deportation case can be reopened in the future at any time the government chooses.