30 September (WNN) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas issued new instructions Thursday to immigration officials, ordering them to prioritize enforcement resources over those who pose a threat to “the good of America.”
The new guidelines instruct officials to use discretion when deciding whether an undocumented migrant should be detained in recognition of the fact that most of the estimated 11 million removable noncitizens in the United States are members of society. are contributing.
“The fact that a person is a removable noncitizen should therefore not be grounds for enforcement action against them alone,” Meyerkas wrote. “We will use our discretion and focus our enforcement resources in a more targeted manner. This is needed for justice and the good of our country.”
The department said the administration will continue to target resources at those who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.
The guidelines instruct immigration officials to protect against “dishonest” employers and landlords who use immigration enforcement as a tool of retaliation by stating the workplace or tenant rights of many noncitizens, a mitigating factor. to be supposed.
“For the first time, our guidelines, in pursuit of public safety, will require an assessment of the individual and take into account the totality of facts and circumstances,” Meyerkas said in a statement announcing the guidelines. “In exercising this discretion, we are guided by the knowledge that there are individuals in our country who have lived here for generations and contributed to the well-being of our country, including those who have contributed to the fight against COVID-19. Those in the front line, the leading congregation believe and teach our children.”
The issuance of the guidelines, which will take effect on November 29, follows interim guidelines announced in February by President Joe Biden’s administration and the signing of an executive order that reversed the expansion of immigration enforcement that put many undocumented immigrants at risk. Gave. of exile under the previous Trump administration.
The guidelines issued on Thursday differ from those in February because it emphasizes that immigration officials exercise discretion on a case-by-case basis.
During Biden’s nine months in the White House, he has sought to undo the actions taken by the Trump administration and return to former President Barack Obama’s policies, which have emphasized rewriting immigration.
He has taken action to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation as well as create paths to citizenship, some of whom have faced backlash from Republicans and legal challenges.
Biden ran for the presidency last year on the platform of building a “fair and humane” immigration system, but his left to continue using Title 42 to expel migrants over concerns about the spread of migrants from the United States at the border. There was also criticism. COVID-19.
An appeals court on Thursday suspended a federal judge’s order that would have barred the Biden administration from using Title 42 to bar the entry of thousands of people a month into the United States at the southern border. Is responsible.
The guidelines were also issued a day after Meyerkas said he would again seek to end the Trump administration’s so-called Remain in Mexico policy, which forced thousands of immigration applicants to wait for their US court dates in Mexico. Forced to.
Meyerkas attempted to end the program in June, but a judge ruled last month that the Biden administration must reinstate and implement the policy “in good faith.”
Sirin Shebaya, executive director of the National Immigration Project, slammed the Biden administration on Thursday, saying its new immigration guidelines, while emphasizing crime, don’t go far enough.
“President Biden promised to create a more humane and just immigration system. This requires a fundamental change, not a change in the same detention and deportation machinery around the edges,” Shebaya said in a statement. “While we appreciate the move away from broad categorical exclusions, Memo fails to meet what is demanded by our communities.”