Late Wednesday night, the Biden administration ordered a moratorium on some deportations for 100 days, starting no later than Friday as it reviews enforcement policies.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pecoske directed a review of immigration enforcement practices and policies.
The statement said, “For 100 days beginning on January 22, 2021, DHS deported certain non-deportees to ensure a fair and effective immigration enforcement system to protect national security, border security and public safety. Expulsion will stop for beneficiaries. “
The move comes on the first day of President Joe Biden’s administration. Biden was sworn in as the 46th president on Wednesday.
Former President Donald Trump, who left for Florida before the inauguration ceremony, was criticized for deportation and hard-line policies and a widely condemned “zero tolerance” policy regarding immigration and border issues that left thousands of children in their families. Separated from.
Lawyers working to reunite families separated during the Trump administration have said they have not been able to find the parents of those hundreds of children.
Biden on Wednesday rescinded one of Trump’s initial executive orders, which essentially made it a policy to act illegally on anyone in the country and oppose the exemption.
Biden vows to “restore prudent enforcement priorities”, and has said that those who have been living and working in the US for decades are aimless.
Biden signed executive orders on Wednesday to revoke Trump’s restrictions on travel to several Muslim-majority countries and to stop construction of the southern border wall.
Pekoske issued a memo directing Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other parts of the Department of Homeland Security “to review and reset enforcement policies and to set interim policies for civil enforcement while the Department Develops final priorities. “
For civil enforcement, the memo said, Homeland Security’s priorities for now will focus on things like national security risks, people arrested at the border trying to enter illegally and jails after being convicted of serious crimes or People released from jails.
According to the memo, the 100-day stay applies to ordered deportations that do not apply to people suspected of terrorism or other national security concerns.
It also does not apply to those who were not in the US before November 1 or who waive their right to live, and it does not apply if the acting director of immigration and customs enforcement makes “a personalized determination” Removal is necessary.