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Prosecutors challenge AG's attempt to deport immigrants with criminal convictions

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Posted at 10:54 AM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 11:57:17-04

WASHINGTON - The Brooklyn district attorney and more than 40 other state and local prosecutors are challenging Attorney General William Barr's bid to give himself more authority in deciding whether to deport immigrants with criminal convictions.

Barr wants to change immigration rules that now defer to state and local decisions on criminal cases that may affect whether an immigrant is deported. He wants to ignore whether an immigrant's criminal conviction has been overturned or modified when deciding deportation cases.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez says state and local elected prosecutors are in the best position to determine the criminal history of someone under their jurisdiction. He and other prosecutors filed a brief Friday with the Justice Department.