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ICE modifies enforcement efforts during COVID-19

  1. Date Announced

    Sept. 25, 2020

    ICE updated its guidance on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, ICE had stated that it would “exercise discretion to delay enforcement actions until after the crisis.” The modified policy states that the agency "can properly and safely carry out operations." The agency is focusing on "public safety threats and those subject to mandatory detention." [ID #1107]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Sept. 25, 2020
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Interior
Agencies Affected: ICE

Prior Policies

  • Previously, ICE had stated that it would “exercise discretion to delay enforcement actions until after the crisis” for those individuals who do not fall in the above categories. ICE also removed language concerning its sensitive locations policy. Previously, ICE had stated that it would “not carry out enforcement operations at or near health care facilities.”

    Prior ICE guidance on COVID-19

  1. Associated or Derivative Policies

Commentary

ICE reverses COVID-19 measure, says it will resume arresting non-criminal migrants

U.S. immigration officials quietly announced they would resume regular apprehension and detention practices, an apparent reversal from an earlier temporary suspension of non-criminal enforcement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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