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On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security issued new directives when arresting migrants. The new rules emphasized that a migrant’s undocumented status should not serve as the basis to detain and deport them. The new rules take effect on November 29. 

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Homeland Security’s Priorities Remain The Same

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that their priorities remain. The current administration will continue prioritizing the arrest and deportation of immigrants who remain a threat to national security or public safety. The agency will also do the same to those who cross the US border using illegal means. 

However, Mayorkas wanted a different approach. He said Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers shouldn’t attempt arresting and deporting farmworkers and the elderly. In addition, the same rules apply to others who were vulnerable to deportation under the Trump administration.

In addition, Mayorkas said that under the new rules, agents cannot arrest anyone using illegal means. Also, agents should pass up on arresting immigrants that speak out against unfair landlords or employers. 

Noncitizen Threats To Public Safety

In a memo sent to agency heads, the Homeland Security head posed a question to border and immigration. “The overriding question is whether the noncitizen poses a current threat to public safety,” he said. “Are we going to spend the time apprehending and removing the farmworker who is breaking his or her back to pick fruit that we all put on our tables?”

Mayorkas said in the interview. “Because if we pursue that individual, we will not be spending those same resources on somebody who does, in fact, threaten our safety. And that is what this is about.”

Despite the new rules, Mayorkas also gave ICE agents more leeway in deciding whether to deport someone. The agency’s interim guidance on Feb. 18 required supervisors to sign off on some deportation cases before agents can do so.

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Mayorkas said while he will continue to monitor compliance, he will not micromanage agents. “I do trust the ICE workforce, and I do trust ICE leadership, and I do have confidence in my own leadership and the efforts that I have made engaging with the ICE workforce and discussing with them these very issues,” he said.

Biden Suffering From Low Approvals On Migrant Crisis

President Joe Biden is currently getting low approvals for the way he handled the migration issues hounding the US southern border. Earlier in his presidency, he pledged to fight for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants this year.

However, Republicans have pointed out his inability to handle an increasing influx of migrants emboldened by his declarations. The Senate parliamentarian rejected a Democrat attempt to include a measure expanding border and migrant services into the infrastructure bill. 

Meanwhile, leftist elements of the Democratic Party called for the removal of ICE. They said that the agency remains difficult to deal with. State and local officials say that they’re having trouble working with ICE agents.

The agents tend to arrest people who do not pose a threat at the moment. As a result, they limit coordination of their local jails and police with the agency. 

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8 Comments

  • Huapakechi says:

    Our border, citizens, and property are not being protected by this administration. Those responsible deserve to lose their citizenship and be deported.

  • C says:

    The Obama/Biden Homeland Security new policy? This policy will kill our economy, increase drug and female sex slavery, make our country unsafe for all Americans, not just the citizens at the border. Biden who is just a poppet, Obama & Rice are pulling Bidens’ strings are making Biden look like an fool. Since the 1970’s, Biden has never made a sound decision regarding any foreign policy. And I should know, I was in High School and nothing was going well for our country during that decade. Ice needs to question anyone trying to cross our boarder, Hell when you cross into Mexico you are stopped to show your passport and they want to know where you are going and what is the purpose of your visit.

  • Ruel Dowlen says:

    Due to the amount of illegal crossings, i think the border should be closed and no one allowed in at the present time.

  • Billy Wilson says:

    Biden and his admin. want us to pay for the world. He is just setting up for his act to claim all as citizens. He needs to protect the nation not turn this country into a third world country. We can not pay for the world, Send all illegals back.

  • 2WarAbnVet says:

    Arrest illegals? I didn’t think they did that these days.

  • Leslie Bryant says:

    this just shows their stupidity & that they don’t care about our country. if you want to come to our country do it legally.

  • KissMyRebelAss says:

    Golly, if I as a natural born citizen break the law, I GET ARRESTED. If it’s a felony I might even go to prison…. I’LL BE SEPARATED FROM MY FAMILY! Yet, if someone enters this country ILLEGALLY (break the law), we make sure the family unit stays together, give them free transport, housing, cell phone, schooling, health care and more.
    Anyone see anything wrong with this picture?

  • BOB says:

    yES,WE are American people who are afraid to stand up for our rights because if we do we will go to jail.But we need to do it now before its to late.

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