ICE Agents Ordered to Free All Illegal Aliens As Biden Halts Deportations
Detainees are currently held in approximately 138 facilities across the U.S
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have been ordered to free all detainees in their custody as Joe Biden halts deportations for 100 days.
According to an internal ICE memo, ICE agents were ordered to “stop all removals,” including land and air deportations.
The memo tells agents that “all cases” of detainees in ICE custody are now considered “no significant likelihood of removal in foreseeable future."
The ICE official wrote to staff in the memo:
“Release them all, immediately."
Typically, agents can hold an individual in their custody if detainees do not have sponsors in the United States.
The memo states that it is no longer the case and that even detainees without sponsors must be released.
But it is not clear if ICE is carrying out the mass release of all 14,195 detainees in its custody.
The detainees are currently held in approximately 138 facilities across the U.S.
Joe Biden issued a "pause" for 100 days on all deportations of illegal immigrants within 24 hours of him being 'sworn in.'
A review of immigration enforcement policies was signed by Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary David Pekoske in a memorandum.
The 100-day pause will begin Friday, of "certain noncitizens ordered deported."
DHS said in a statement:
"The pause will allow DHS to ensure that its resources are dedicated to responding to the most pressing challenges that the United States faces, including immediate operational challenges at the southwest border in the midst of the most serious global public health crisis in a century."
During Biden's 2020 campaign, he promised to implement a 100-day moratorium, and the order from DHS fulfills that promise.
He also signed a memorandum to protect the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, protecting illegal immigrants brought into the US as children.
What's more, Biden signed several anti-Trump executive orders, which included rescind the permit for TC Energy to build the Keystone XL pipeline that may be the largest hit to the economy.