ICE Announces New Priorities for Immigration Enforcement, DeportationEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

WASHINGTON—Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials announced new interim guidelines on Feb. 18 for handling the arrest, detainment, and deportation of illegal immigrants. DHS said the three priority criteria—national security, border security, and public safety—outlined in the interim guidelines are effective immediately for all Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions. Any ICE agent who encounters an illegal immigrant who falls outside of the three categories must get pre-approval from their field office before taking any action. The first category, national security, includes illegal immigrants who “have engaged in or are suspected of engaging in terrorism or espionage, or if their apprehension, arrest, or custody is otherwise necessary to protect the national security of the United States,” according to a DHS official on a background media call on Feb. 18. “We are requiring officers and agents to determine whether a noncitizen poses a threat to United States sovereignty, territorial integrity, national …Read More

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