DHS issues guidance limiting immigration arrests in "protected areas"

  • In Politics
  • 2021-10-27 23:12:35Z
  • By Axios

The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday announced new guidelines limiting arrests by immigration authorities at domestic violence shelters, disaster relief sites and other "protected areas."

Why it matters: The new guidelines are part of a broader shift in approach on immigration policy under the Biden administration.

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  • The guidelines list schools, healthcare facilities, places of worship, playgrounds, parades and other locations as protected.

The guidance tells DHS officers and agents to "use their judgment" to determine whether a location would count as a protected area, "taking into consideration the activities that take place there, the importance of those activities to the well-being of people and the communities of which they are a part."

  • Under the directive, agents should also consider whether an arrest at a certain location would affect people's "willingness to be in the protected area and receive or engage in the essential services or activities that are offered there."

What they're saying: "In our pursuit of justice, including in the execution of our enforcement responsibilities, we impact people's lives and advance our country's well-being," DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.

  • "As a result, when conducting an enforcement action, ICE and CBP agents and officers must first examine and consider the impact of where actions might possibly take place."

  • "We can accomplish our ... mission without denying individuals access to needed medical care, children access to their schools, the displaced access to food and shelter."


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