In September the Joe Biden administration proposed a rule that would protect nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants from arrest and / or deportation.
The proposal to protect undocumented people from deportation was made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This raises that dreamers, that is, people who entered the United States illegally as children, will become the last priority in the deportation tasks of the DHS.
After completing the 60-day public comment period, the new rule began to be applied on November 29. In this way, the priority of DHS in deportations focuses on people who, in addition to having entered the country illegally, have also committed crimes.
The criteria for the deportation and arrest of immigrants will not be related just because they are undocumented. "For the first time, our guidelines, in the pursuit of public safety, will require an evaluation of the individual and will take into account the totality of the facts and circumstances," explained Alejandro Mayorkas, head of DHS.
However, not only Dreamers benefited from this rule, agricultural workers and the elderly as well. "The main question is whether a non-citizen poses a threat to public safety," Mayorkas explained.
"We are guided by the knowledge that there are people in our country who have been here for generations and have contributed to the well-being of our country," Mayorkas explained in the memo published in September when the new DHS measures were announced.
SAN DIEGO TRIBUNE