Recent DHS Memos - an Interview

By Motherhood Moment

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I had a chance to interview Wendy Cervantes, CLASP's director of immigration and immigrant families to learn more. She also wrote a blog post with additional analysis.

What are some of the positives about the recent memo regarding immigration enforcement?

With this memo, the Biden administration is recognizing that deciding to deport someone is a huge decision, and just because the law says they may be deported does not mean they must be deported. 

The guidance provides a list of factors that ICE agents are supposed to consider before carrying out a deportation, and that includes the impact on children and families. Age is also supposed to be considered, such as whether the person is of “advanced or tender age” and therefore deportation would be highly dangerous.

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