What is pd in Immigration?
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A prosecutorial discretion (PD) is the power or authority Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has in regard to deciding the outcome of an immigration case. PD means that ICE can decide what degree to enforce the law against you during your immigration case.
Using Resources for Higher-Priority Immigration Violators
One response has been the promulgation of guidelines for immigration trial attorneys (who represent USCIS) to make a more deliberate effort to use their resources on higher-priority immigration violators, rather than taking a universal approach to enforcement. Thus, lower-priority immigration violators, for example, those who do not have a criminal history, will have their deportation deferred and/or put on hold. The hold could last for several years or indefinitely.
What Can PD Mean For Me?
Being granted prosecutorial discretion in effect “buys” the alien time until other forms of relief from removal become available. If you or a loved one needs to seek prosecutorial discretion to help prevent a removal or deportation, turn to Arnaout Immigration Law Firm.
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