Biden Administration Limits Arrest of Illegal Immigrants at Courthouses

Secretary of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Alejandro Mayorkas announced new guidance on Tuesday to limit the arrest of illegal immigrants in or near courthouses, reversing a Trump-era policy that expanded such arrests. “Ensuring that individuals have access to the courts advances the fair administration of justice, promotes safety for crime victims, and helps to guarantee equal protection under the law,” Mayorkas said in a statement. “The expansion of civil immigration arrests at courthouses during the prior administration had a chilling effect on individuals’ willingness to come to court or work cooperatively with law enforcement,” he continued. “Today’s guidance is the latest step in our efforts to focus our civil immigration enforcement resources on threats to homeland security and public safety.” Under former President Donald Trump, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a Directive (pdf) in January 2018 regarding civil immigration enforcement actions inside federal, state, and local courthouses. …

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