Immigration Enforcement Priorities: The Department of Homeland Security today announced it will start implementation of the Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law. Signed by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas on 30th September 2021.
“Today is an important step forward in guaranteeing that workforce is empowered. To exercise its prosecutorial discretion and focus its enforcement efforts on the individuals. Who represents a danger to our national safety, public safety, and border security,” said Secretary Mayorkas. Moreover, DHS will carry out our mission to protect our nation justly and humanely. In making our enforcement decisions, we will focus our efforts on the greatest dangers. While also recognizing that most undocumented noncitizens. Who has been here for many years and who have contributed positively to our country’s well-being, are not priorities for removal.”
Immigration Enforcement Priorities
With the new rules, officials will, to the fullest extent possible, acquire and review the whole criminal record, administrative record, and any other investigative information available, to include both aggravating and mitigating factors, in making their enforcement decisions. This will guarantee a thorough and case-by-case assessment of whether enforcement action is warranted and appropriate, thus allowing DHS to focus its limited resources on cases of greatest importance to the national interest.
Officials are getting continuous training on the guidelines and participating in small group sessions. To guarantee the consistent application of the guidelines nationwide. Officers also are getting ongoing web-based and in-person training to guarantee effective implementation.
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As described in the September 30th, 2021 update announcing the new rules. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will guarantee there is a fair and equitable case review process. That bears noncitizens and their representatives a chance to get an expeditious review of an enforcement action taken. ICE will be giving an update in short order describing this process.
Secretary Mayorkas will continue to hold engagement with the DHS workforce and leadership across the nation. As well as with a range of stakeholders including law enforcement, civic, and community leaders as the new guidelines are implemented.