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ICE Halts Deportation Of Illegals

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Here’s what is happening…

Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday announced a policy that would formalize the directive to look into the U.S. military service history of both the illegal immigrant and their family before proceeding with deportation. 

Military service is classed as service in the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard, and their reserve components.

If a person is eligible for citizenship because of their service, agents will be unable to proceed with deportation. Agents are also instructed to directly ask immigrants whether they or one of their family members had served in the military. 

Immigrants might still be deported if they have served or are serving, but their service is considered to be “a significant mitigating factor that weighs against taking enforcement action.”

The ICE has for a long time recognized military service and considered it, but now it is being turned into an agency policy. 

“ICE values the incredible contributions of noncitizens who have served in the U.S. military,” acting ICE Director Tae Johnson stated. “Through this directive, ICE will consider U.S. military service by a noncitizen or their immediate family members when determining whether to take civil immigration enforcement decisions against a noncitizen.”

The ICE’s ability to enforce immigration law has been limited by the Biden administration. Currently, their main focus has been divided into three categories of illegal immigrants. Those who are recent border crossers, those who pose national security threats, and those perceived as threats to public safety.

The Department of Homeland Security has also limited ICE operations and has blocked them from carrying out their work in churches, schools, hospitals, and other sensitive places. 

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