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Community FAQ: Office of the Principal Legal Adviser (OPLA) Prosecutorial Discretion Memo

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Published: Jun. 9, 2021

On Friday, June 4, ICE issued a new prosecutorial discretion memo for ICE attorneys in charge of prosecuting deportation and bond cases. These ICE attorneys work within an office known as OPLA, or the Office of the Principal Legal Adviser. The new memo, like the February 18 Memo (see our Community FAQ) is an “interim memo,” meaning that it is subject to change. However, until ICE issues another memo, this memo creates the rules for how ICE attorneys grant prosecutorial discretion. This explainer discusses the current memo.