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Biden’s New ICE Guidelines Continue to Target and Demonize Immigrants

HeadlineFeb 19, 2021

In immigration news, the Biden administration issued new guidelines Thursday directing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, to focus apprehensions and deportations on asylum seekers and immigrants who’ve recently crossed into the U.S. and those who are determined to be “national security and public safety threats.”

Immigrant justice advocates warn Biden’s new enforcement rules continue to criminalize immigrants and asylum seekers. They also denounced the targeting of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated immigrants and refugees. In a statement, the American Civil Liberties Union called Biden’s plan a “disappointing step backward,” adding, “While the Biden administration rightly acknowledges that immigrants are our family members, our coworkers, and our neighbors, for now it has chosen to continue giving ICE officers significant discretion to conduct operations that harm our communities and tear families apart.”

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