Although suspension of deportation was intended to ameliorate hardship, the process is extremely difficult for the alien. Statutory requirements are harshly construed, and discretion abitrarily exercised. The statute is hedged with restrictions that make relief difficult for the alien to attain. These obstacles clearly contradict the purpose behind section 244 as enunciated in Wadman v. Immigration and Naturalization Service. However, in spite the legislative purpose, the requirements are strictly construed and discretion inscrutably withheld, making suspension of deportation an illusory promise of relief.
Sylvia G. Cole,
Suspension of Deportation: Illusory Relief,
San Diego L. Rev.
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