Tuesday, September 27, 2022

US to limit immigration arrests in schools and ‘protected’ areas

WASHINGTON (AP) – US Immigration officials will limit arrests in schools, hospitals and other “protected” areas in accordance with guidelines released Wednesday by the US Department of Homeland Security, as part of a broader effort to reverse the law enforcement approach under President Donald Trump.

Agents and officers are ordered to avoid arrests or searches in a number of vulnerabilities “as much as possible,” according to a note from DHS Minister Alejandro Mallorcas, which outlines the policy.

It is the latest of Joe Biden’s immigration policies aimed at a more focused approach to law enforcement. This policy is similar to that of President Barack Obama, which limited arrests in churches and schools.

The new policy includes not only schools, but also medical facilities, kindergartens, playgrounds and recreation centers, as well as demonstrations and rallies.

It has also alienated Biden’s critics, who say the weaker enforcement is encouraging migrants to try to enter the country illegally. The Trump administration has drew criticism for attempting to illegally arrest and expel anyone in the country, regardless of criminal history or public relations, although DHS also acted under a sensitive places policy that limited enforcement in churches and other places.

Guidelines released earlier this year to immigration authorities instruct agents to focus on recent border crossings, threats to national security, and individuals who have committed serious crimes. DHS also imposed restrictions on arrests in courthouses when people came on other matters and stopped mass raids on workplaces.

Majorcas argued that his agency lacks the resources to prosecute all of the country’s roughly 11 million people without legal status, and that it should focus on those who pose the greatest risk to society.

In announcing the new policy guidelines, the secretary said agents and officers should consider the “broader public interest” and the impact of their activities on communities.

“We can fulfill our law enforcement mission by not denying people access to essential health care, children access to their schools, displaced people access to food and shelters, believers access to places of worship and more,” said Majorcas …

The list of protected areas includes broad categories such as “a place where children gather” and “a place where disaster or emergency relief and relief are provided,” a broad policy that marks a significant shift for the agency to which includes US Customs and Border Protection. Security and border patrol.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform, a staunch critic of Biden’s policies, criticized the guidelines as “a handy list of safe places from coercion.”

Exceptions include cases where the action poses a threat to national security; if there is an imminent danger of death, violence or physical harm to a person; if it involves “hot pursuit” of someone who poses a threat to public safety and someone who personally observed border crossings without legal permission.

Other exceptions may be cases where there is an imminent risk of destruction of evidence in a criminal case or the absence of a safe alternative location.

Otherwise, agents or officers will need to obtain permission before taking enforcement action “in or near” the protected area, the memo says.

The Biden administration has struggled to cope with the large numbers of migrants seeking to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, although the total has declined in the past two months after more than a year on a monthly basis.

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