The most recent memo issued by white house on February 20, 2017, greatly expanded the DHS’s authority to deport of millions of undocumented immigrants. Almost any undocumented person now can be detained and deported, regardless if he or she has any criminal record.
Under this new memo, any immigration who cannot prove they have been in the United States for over two years could be deported with a hearing in front of an immigration judge. Previously, this was limited in practice to people apprehended within 100 miles of the border and who had arrived within the past two weeks.
According to the administration, protections will remain in place for now for immigrants who came to the United States as children and have since received permission to live and work in the United States under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for deportation. Often ICE agents identify the person before they are making the arrest. Then, they go to residences, courthouses, workplaces and even shelters to look for that person. ICE agents also make arrests in public, when they do so, it happens very quickly. They may call the person’s name out loud and ask him or her to confirm the name and then detain this person.
The Trump administration created a blueprint for mass deportation, many people, including longtime community members, would be affected. If you or your loved ones might be affected by this new policy, you should plan ahead and know your rights under the U.S Constitution.
ICE arrest could be happening at an unexpected time and location, make sure you remember your family, friend or attorney’s phone number by heart. Make arrangement for children, elder parents or anyone are under you care if you are detained. Always keep your important documents in a safe place, where your family a friend can access if it becomes necessary.
During an arrest, remember that undocument.