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POTUS issues EO 13768, broadly expanding enforcement priorities and mandating enhancements to interior enforcement

  1. Original Date Announced

    January 25, 2017

    Executive Order 13768 expands enforcement priorities to include noncitizens who have: (i) been convicted of any criminal offense; (ii) been charged with a crime where the charge was not resolved; (iii) committed acts that constitute a crime; (iv) "abused any program related to receipt of public benefits;" (v) engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with an official matter or application before a governmental agency; (vi) not complied with a final order of removal, or (vii) "otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security." Prioritizes for removal noncitizens described in INA sections 212(a)(2), (a)(3), & (a)(6)(C), 235, and 237(a)(2) & (4). EO also reinstates Secure Communities (SComm) and supersedes the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). EO pledges to expand 287(g) agreements, requires the Attorney General to enforce 8 U.S.C. section 1373 and increase criminal prosecutions of "criminal immigration offenses," and instructs Attorney General and DHS Secretary to deny federal funding to "sanctuary jurisdictions." It also requires DHS to publish lists of counties that do not comply with ICE detainers, pledges to hire "10,000 additional immigration [enforcement] officers" and instructs the State Department to act against recalcitrant countries that do not accept deportations of their nationals. [ID #245]

    Executive Order 13768: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
  2. Effective Date

    January 25, 2017
  4. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    January 20, 2021

    2021.01.20 Executive Order on the Revision of Civil Immigration Enforcement Policies and Priorities

    This Biden administration policy revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order revoking Executive Order 13768 of January 25, 2017, and directing the DOS Secretary, the Attorney General, the DHS Secretary, and other government officials to review any agency actions developed pursuant to Executive Order 13768 and to take action, including issuing revised guidance, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law.

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Current Status

Not in effect

Most Recent Action

January 20, 2021 Action: Revoked/Replaced 2021.01.20 Executive Order on the Revision of Civil Immigration Enforcement Policies and Priorities
January 20, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Trump Administration Action: Presidential Orders
Agencies Affected: AG DOS ICE

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • November 20, 2014

    DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson's enforcement priorities memo issued November 20, 2014, prioritized enforcement of immigration laws against noncitizens who posed a danger to national security or had been convicted of certain felonies (Priority 1); noncitizens who were convicted of certain misdemeanors or had significantly abused the visa or visa waiver program (Priority 2); noncitizens who had been issued a final order of removal on or after January 1, 2014 (Priority 3). The Obama administration did not impose 8 U.S.C. section 1373 cooperation as a condition on receipt of federal funds.

    Policies for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants (Nov. 20, 2014)


  • Migration Policy Institute Report - Trump Executive Order and DHS Guidance on Interior Enforcement : A Brief Review

    Migration Policy Institute summary

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  • AIC Summary of EO 13768

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  • Revving Up the Deportation Machinery: Enforcement under Trump and the Pushback

    The study finds that the engine that fueled ICE’s peak effectiveness—the intersection of federal immigration enforcement with state and local criminal justice systems—is being throttled by state and local policies that limit cooperation with ICE. Nearly 70 percent of ICE arrests in the early Trump months originated with local jails and state prisons, a sizeable share that is nonetheless down from more than 85 percent in fiscal 2008-11. Beyond sanctuary policies, the report finds growing resistance at other levels. Some cities are changing policing practices to reduce noncitizen arrests, such as decriminalizing driving without a license. Immigrant advocates are conducting more “know-your-rights” trainings, teaching people they do not have to open their doors to ICE. And others are mobilizing to monitor ICE operations in the field, or increasing funding for legal representation for those facing removal hearings.

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