Use of prosecutorial discretion to close immigration cases down
Surge of recent arrivals, cautious prosecutors could be factors, attorneys say
The use of prosecutorial discretion to close cases in Baltimore Immigration Court has lagged below the national trend, particularly this year, when the method was used to close just 1.6 percent of the immigration cases reported closed in January and February. But even nationally, only 6.7 percent of closed immigration cases since October 2011 have been recipients of prosecutorial discretion, or PD, according to data from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. These figures appear to contrast with President Barack Obama’s call to close nonpriority cases and concentrate on deporting criminals and national security threats, but immigration attorneys said there are likely several factors influencing the relatively low percentage of cases that have received prosecutorial discretion in recent years.