The Obama administration has announced it will only focus on deporting illegal immigrants who are criminals or pose a threat to national security.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday the Department of Homeland Security will be individually reviewing 300,000 deportation cases.
"The president has said on numerous occasions that it makes no sense to expend our enforcement resources on low-priority cases," Napolitano wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
She explained that doing otherwise, "hinders our public safety mission - clogging immigration court dockets and diverting DHS enforcement resources away from individuals who pose a threat to public safety."
The decision comes following complaints from immigrant communities that the administration has been too tough on illegal aliens.
Republicans, however, are less than thrilled with the new plan.
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said the policy in essence grants "backdoor amnesty" to illegal immigrants.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer agreed.
"We need to remind President Obama that we elected a president that serves beneath the law and did not anoint a king that is above the law," she said.