A recent CNBC report stated that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has launched a new operation to send court documents to unauthorized migrants who were not processed for deportation after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this year.
The documents reportedly include “notices to appear,” which instruct migrants to attend court hearings before U.S. immigration judges who will determine if they can remain in the country or will be deported.
According to ICE, which didn’t detail when the program began, the operation aims to expedite deportation proceedings for unauthorized migrants.
The report somewhat contradicts a recent tweet announcing new DHS immigration enforcement guidelines to be effective Nov. 29.
The guidelines emphasize prosecutorial discretion and prioritize apprehending and removing noncitizens who threaten national security, public safety, and border security.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a Sept. 30 press release, “The new guidelines will enable our Department to most effectively accomplish our law enforcement mission and, at the same time, advance our country’s well-being by recognizing the invaluable contributions of millions of individuals who are part of the fabric of our communities.”
New #DHS immigration enforcement guidelines effective Nov. 29 emphasize prosecutorial discretion and prioritize apprehending and removing noncitizens who threaten national security, public safety and border security. Details: https://t.co/u3WBp3YXC0— ICE (@ICEgov) November 10, 2021
The Biden administration has faced increasing pressure to secure the border and discourage more illegal immigrants from coming to the country.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said Border Patrol agents made more than 1.7 million apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border during the fiscal year 2021, according to their end-of-year report.
Apprehensions jumped by nearly 40,000 from Jan. to Feb. and then a staggering nearly 70,000 from Feb. to March before somewhat leveling off and decreasing from Aug. to Sept.
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