WASHINGTON (AP) - Immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don't have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
The change, if adopted following a review ordered by President Barack Obama, could limit removals of people who have little or no criminal record but have committed repeat immigration violations such as re-entering the country illegally after having been deported.
The possible move could offer significant new protections for some immigrants but would fall short of the sweeping changes sought by activists. It was confirmed by the former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Sandweg, and by an immigration advocate who's discussed the review with the administration but spoke anonymously because it is confidential.
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