Date of Degree
International Migration Studies
Jaime G. Longazel
Respondent, Dismissal, DHS, EOIR, EAD, Liminal Legality, Legal Status
A new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guideline issued with the intent of reducing case backlogs has led to the dismissal of many immigrants’ legal proceedings. Having their case dismissed has allowed those immigrants to stay within the United States essentially with no legal status. I argue in this paper that these changes have left many in a state that’s been termed liminal legality. Building on previous research that employs this concept, I specifically argue that being in this position affects one’s employment, income, prospects for upward mobility, and future legal standing. Although this new guideline was created to ease the court’s backlog, it has instead had some negative impacts in the lives of many immigrants.
De La Cruz Sanchez, Jazmin E., "Allowed to Stay: An Exploration of DHS New Guidelines to Dismiss Certain Immigration Cases" (2023). CUNY Academic Works.