(Right Country) – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced it will be delaying the arrest of illegal aliens who are not “public safety risks” while the coronavirus pandemic continues. In a press conference Wednesday, the agency disclosed that it will be scaling back its efforts and that illegal aliens should not be afraid to seek medical care.
Of course, ICE should be concerned with limiting its officers exposure to people who may potentially have the virus nonetheless it appears as though a giant open door has revealed itself for illegal aliens around the world looking for an easy way into our country.
BizPac Review reports:
ICE is scaling back its enforcement operations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., and will instead focus on apprehending only those who are a threat to public safety or who fall within the agency’s mandatory detention guidelines, the agency announced.
“ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) will focus enforcement on public safety risks and individuals subject to mandatory detention based on criminal grounds,” read a press release from the agency.
“For those individuals who do not fall into those categories, ERO will exercise discretion to delay enforcement actions until after the crisis or utilize alternatives to detention, as appropriate.”
The new policy begins on Wednesday, and ICE did not give a timetable for how long it could last.
“Homeland Security Investigations will continue to carry out mission critical criminal investigations and enforcement operations as determined necessary to maintain public safety and national security,” the agency statement continued.
Such critical operations include child exploitation, narcotics trafficking, gangs, human smuggling, human trafficking, and other similar activities. ICE will continue this work based on its ability to ordinate with the Justice Department, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Prisons.
ICE made clear that its sensitive locations policy is still in effect, meaning that agents will not carry out enforcement operations at or around health care facilities — with an exception for the “most extraordinary” circumstances. The agency urged the illegal alien community to not fear seeking medical care.
The decision by ICE comes after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — another agency within the Department that manages the country’s legal immigration system — announced it’s canceling all public in-person activities at its offices across the country, and the State Department announced it’s suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions Programs.
This is an extremely difficult situation to manage right now. It must be a top priority to stop the spread of the virus but what will the costs end up being? Will this situation be abused by those already willing to risk their lives to come here? The coronavirus likely won’t stop them but it is stopping the enforcement of our laws, partially.
While we don’t need to be adding stress to an already stressful situation, these are real issues that America will need to face once the coronavirus threat is subdued, hopefully sooner than later.
President Trump has closed off the US-Canada border to all non-essential travel and confirmed Wednesday that he is blocking all illegal aliens and asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border. With legal avenues being unavailable, how many more will attempt to illegally enter the US? Only time will tell.