ICE officials will no longer seek deportation for migrants convicted of drunk driving and assault
US immigration officials will modify their approach to arrest and deportation under President Biden, according to Homeland Security officials.
USCIS spokesman Matthew Bourke said Sunday that US Citizenship and Immigration Services recently appealed concerning the reappearance of two 2018 policy memos related to the issuance of processing requests for immigration benefits. “The agency was directed to re-create the related policy [Department of Homeland Security] Memorandum released January 20. “
Biden was inaugurated that day – and when he thought about executive orders, some of which rolled out parts of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policy. He Strong security for the recipients of deferred action for the Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) and work on the border wall remains stalled.
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“Due to limited resources, DHS cannot respond to all immigration violations or unlawfully remove all individuals in the United States,” the memo reads. “Rather, DHS should implement civil immigration enforcement based on prudent priorities and changing circumstances.”
The DHS change went into effect on 1 February and attempted to grant a 100-day stay if removed, except in certain circumstances – before a judge discontinues the policy.
Democratic texas Rep. Henry Cuellar told “America’s News Headquarters” on Sunday that he had called the White House to raise concerns about the new administration’s immigration policy.
“There are policies that we had with President Obama that I think we need to look at and implement,” he said. “And really … President Obama actually deported more people than President Trump.”
The change in guidance is intended to encourage non-citizens to file immigration officials without fear of being deported immediately.
Additionally, immigration and customs enforcement officers will soon be given new guidance that, according to the Department of Homeland Security, using more resources for national security issues, sex crimes suspects, gang members, hooliganism and recent arrivals Will lead to fewer arrests and deportations.
A change in policy would mean that authorities would no longer seek deportation for migrants convicted of drunk driving and assault and would undermine ICE’s ability to improve arrest.
According to a memo from acting director Tae Johnson previously obtained by The Washington Post, the ICE will struggle to pursue the deportation of convicted drug offenders, DUI drivers, low-level assailants, fraudsters and thieves.
An unnamed official told the newspaper, “They have finished the ICE without finishing the ICE.”
Cuellar opposed such a policy.
“I support the ICE,” said the Democratic Congress, whose district touches the border. “I support the men and women who are there. We just have to find that right policy.”
Granthshala News’ Griff Jenkins contributed to this report.