Joe Biden backs new immigration principles for ICE and borders

Biden Principles Direct ICE to Focus on Immigrants Who Pose Safety Threats Biden has teamed up with NBC News, Dream Defenders, and NowThis to launch the Biden Principles for Immigration Enforcement and Justice. The…

Joe Biden backs new immigration principles for ICE and borders

Biden Principles Direct ICE to Focus on Immigrants Who Pose Safety Threats Biden has teamed up with NBC News, Dream Defenders, and NowThis to launch the Biden Principles for Immigration Enforcement and Justice.

The principles apply to detained immigrants with the clearest potential threat to national security or public safety, including individuals convicted of any crime, including violent crimes.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement should consider an individual’s threats to safety and the use of force in detaining them before deportation.

ICE should avoid deportations of detained immigrants who are deemed a danger to national security or a risk to public safety, or who are a victim or witness of a crime.

ICE should focus on individuals who have criminal histories and pose the highest risk to public safety, rather than those with only immigration violations.

Individuals who are minors should not be detained for an unrelated immigration violation, such as non-payment of child support.

The principles, which were developed after more than a year of meetings in which Biden and Dream Defenders spoke with immigrants and law enforcement officials across the country, state:

“Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is designed to stop unlawful entry and make it clear that people who are in the country illegally are subject to arrest and possible deportation. It should not arrest, detain, or deport an individual simply because he or she does not have lawful authorization to be in the United States. Our immigration system should work to only ask about lawful authorization to be in the country, and should accept that authorization if it is granted.”

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