Will deportations stop before RPI application process starts?

As I have written before the RPI status applications process may begin in late 2014 or even early 2015 in the most optimistic scenario.  A lot of undocumented aliens who are either already in removal or at some stage of removal proceedings are wondering if deportations will stop right away or at least after the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (BSEOIM) is signed in to law.



The way this process is currently expected to work is that the Obama RPI Immigration Reform law does not have any provision for stopping deportations between now and by the time your status is adjusted to Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI).  Accordingly, ICE will continue to arrest individuals illegally in the country and deport them, along with those who are already in process of removal.  The only hope for unauthorized immigrants who are being deported simply because of their illegal presence (and not for deportable offenses like a felony) in the United States is to plead their case before a judge, who under the new law (the immigration judge did not have this power before), will have more freedom in stopping deportations of immigrants who have family members in the United States who are either citizens or permanent residents.