Federal officials tried to deport Angelica Terrazas of Arizona for two years, then offered to dismiss the case last fall because it was considered low-priority, reports the Arizona Republic. The severe backlog of cases in Phoenix meant that her deportation case dragged on for 27 months. She was among the first illegal immigrants with deportation cases in Phoenix to benefit from a controversial deportation policy change by President Obama’s administration.
The policy essentially closes some low-priority cases to clear space for cases involving criminals. The policy has outraged Republicans in Congress as well as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. They have characterized the policy as “backdoor amnesty” and blasted the president for allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the country, where some may compete for jobs at a time when millions are out of work.