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DHS Statement on the Expiration of 100-day Removal Pause

Acting Secretary David Pekoske signed a memorandum entitled Review of and Interim Revision to Civil Immigration Enforcement and Removal Policies and Priorities.  In part, that memorandum directed DHS to immediately pause the execution of final orders of removal for certain noncitizens for 100 days beginning no later than January 22, 2021

DHS Announces New Guidance to Limit ICE and CBP Civil Enforcement Actions In or Near Courthouse

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to place new limits on civil immigration enforcement actions in or near courthouses.  Acting Director of ICE Tae Johnson and Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller have issued a memorandum to ICE and CBP personnel pertaining to the limited circumstances in which civil immigration enforcement actions may be carried out in or near a courthouse.

DHS Announces Rescission of Civil Penalties for Failure-to-Depart

At the direction of Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rescinded two delegation orders related to the collection of civil financial penalties for noncitizens who fail to depart the U.S., stating they run counter to the agency’s best interest.

DHS Statement on Connecticut Pardons and Immigration

Section 237(a)(2)(A)(vi) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides that a noncitizen will not be deportable for certain criminal convictions “if [the noncitizen] . . . has been granted a full and unconditional pardon by the President of the United States or by the Governor of any of the several States.” 

DHS Announces Process to Address Individuals in Mexico with Active MPP Cases

The Biden Administration is announcing another step in our phased strategy to reform the nation’s immigration system. Beginning on February 19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin phase one of a program to restore safe and orderly processing at the southwest border. DHS will begin processing people who had been forced to “remain in Mexico” under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).

DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites

DHS and its Federal government partners fully support equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution sites for undocumented immigrants. It is a moral and public health imperative to ensure that all individuals residing in the United States have access to the vaccine. DHS encourages all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local distribution guidelines.

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