Immigration plan will focus on enforcement against criminals

SHARE Immigration plan will focus on enforcement against criminals
SHARE Immigration plan will focus on enforcement against criminals

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says President Barack Obama’s immigration plan will focus enforcement efforts on immigrants who are serious criminals — and those who crossed into the U.S. illegally or were ordered from the country in the last year.

Johnson is detailing the plan to Homeland Security Department employees at three agencies in charge of enforcing immigration laws.

WATCH LIVE: Obama speaks about immigration executive order

He says going after immigrants with serious criminal records, including adult gang members, will be an enforcement priority.

A lower enforcement priority will be immigrants with convictions for three or more misdemeanors or for “significant” misdemeanors. Johnson isn’t say what a significant misdemeanor is.

Johnson says the lowest priority will be immigrants who crossed the border illegally since Jan. 1, 2014, and those ordered to leave since that date.

ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

The Latest
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle appeared at the ground-breaking to show her support, speaking candidly about how South and West Side neighborhoods have suffered from “racist disinvestment for generations” as predominantly white neighborhoods in Chicago have received the “lion share of investment.”
Abreu doubles in two runs in White Sox’ 3-0 victory over Royals
“In a neighborhood with the most youth in the entire city of Chicago and some of the least amount of greenspace, projects like this are a game-changer,” said New Life Center Pastor Matt DeMateo.
The International Criminal Court, prosecutors across the globe and Ukraine’s prosecutor general are investigating more than 8,000 reports of potential war crimes in Ukraine.
No students at Finkl Academy were injured, but classes had ended 15 minutes earlier and many students were still around and ran in a panic for cover, witnesses said.