In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced it will temporarily adjust its enforcement posture to promote life-saving and public safety activities. ICE’s policies will focus on:
- Public safety risks and individuals subject to mandatory detention based on criminal grounds;
- Mission critical criminal investigations and enforcement operations as determined necessary to maintain public safety and national security, including investigations into child exploitation, gangs, narcotics trafficking, human trafficking, human smuggling, and continued participation on the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
ICE will not carry out enforcement operations at or near health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Individuals should not avoid seeking medical care because they fear civil immigration enforcement.
Read the full announcement here.