Congress Must Act to Protect Immigrants’ Safety at Sensitive Locations

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has longstanding internal policies that restrict immigration enforcement actions in certain “sensitive locations.” These policies are crucial to ensure immigrant families thrive. They recognize that everyone should be able to carry out basic activities and access crucial services without fear or hesitation. However, as immigration enforcement reaches unparalleled levels nationwide, there are numerous reports of arrests taking place at or near sensitive locations. Clearly, existing agency guidance is not enough to protect immigrants and their families.

To learn more, read this fact sheet by Rebecca Ullrich (CLASP) and Mayra Joachin (National Immigration Law Center).

For citations and more in-depth information (including where to report violations) see The Department of Homeland Security’s “Sensitive Locations” Policies.

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