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COVID-19: ICE focuses removal and detention on public safety risks

  1. Original Date Announced

    March 18, 2020

    COVID-19: ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations is focusing enforcement on public safety risks and individuals subject to mandatory detention based on criminal grounds, while exercising discretion to enforce or to use alternatives to detention for individuals outside these criteria. ICE will not carry out enforcement operations at or near health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors' offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances. [ID #454]

    Updated ICE Statement on COVID-19
  2. Effective Date

    March 18, 2020

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Reported
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: ICE

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • February 21, 2017

    A February 2017 memo from ICE Executive Associate Director Matthew Albence ordered all officers in the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) unit to “take enforcement action against all removable aliens encountered in the course or their duties," noting that DHS no longer exempts classes or categories of noncitizens from enforcement. However, the memo still directed ERO officers to prioritize noncitizens who have been convicted or charged with a criminal offense.

    ICE Memo: Implementing the President's Border Security and Interior Immigration Enforcement Policies


Trump-Era Policy Documents

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