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Feinstein: ICE Should Use Prosecutorial Discretion and Not Target Agricultural Worker

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From The Hill:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to halt enforcement actions against illegal farm workers and their employers, saying continued prosecutions could cripple the agriculture sector.

In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Feinstein (D-Calif.) noted that ICE had already stopped deporting certain illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.

I respectfully suggest that you adopt a similar policy of exercising prosecutorial discretion to defer enforcement against agricultural employers and workers, and concentrate instead on removing those who would and have harmed our society, rather than those who contribute to our vital agricultural economy and heritage, and the safe and high-quality food supply that benefits all Americans, Feinstein wrote.

Feinstein is right to push on this. Agricultural workers are one of the few areas where Republicans who normally are not interested in compromising on their unwillingness to legalize people without status are willing to deal.

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