July 4, 2022

Biden admin offers border crossers ‘protected areas’ to evade arrest after illegally entering America

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shared a list of locations on Wednesday where illegal immigrants can no longer be arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

“The fundamental question is whether our enforcement action would restrain people from accessing the protected area to receive essential services or engage in essential activities,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas wrote.

“Our obligation to refrain, to the fullest extent possible, from conducting a law enforcement action in or near a protected area thus applies at all times and is not limited by hours or days of
operation,” he added.

The examples of protected areas includes schools, healthcare facilities, places of worship, playgrounds, childcare centers, school bus stop, homeless shelters, funerals, wedding, protests and rallies.

These protected areas are in addition to a sanctuary courthouse policy earlier this year that protects illegal immigrants from being arrested in or near courthouses.

Earlier this month, Mayorkas sent another letter that stops arrests at places where illegal immigrants commonly seek employment.

Despite the highest illegal immigration numbers in more than 20 years, the number of arrests of illegal immigrants by ICE agents fell to its lowest level in more than a decade.

Only 72,000 arrests were made during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, though more than 190,000 encounter occurred in September alone.

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