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DHS Issues Memo on ICE Top Priorities

Friday, July 2, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a new memorandum to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees outlining the civil immigration enforcement priorities of ICE as they relate to apprehension, detention and removal of aliens.

The priorities, with the first being the highest priority and the second and third constituting equal but lower priorities include: 1.) Aliens who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety; 2.) Recent illegal entrants; and 3.) Aliens who are fugitives or otherwise obstruct immigration controls.

The guidance notes that the National Fugitive Operations Program: Priorities, Goals and Expectations, issued on December 8, 2009, remains in effect and shall continue to apply for all purposes, including how Fugitive Operation Teams allocate resources among fugitive aliens, previously removed aliens and criminal aliens.

The memo also addresses issues of apprehension, detention and removal of other aliens unlawfully in the United States.

The memo instructs ICE to follow the priorities set forth in this memorandum immediately and to develop appropriate measures and methods for recording and evaluating their effectiveness in implementing the priorities.

To view this memo in its entirety, go to http://www.ice.gov/doclib/civil_enforcement_priorities.pdf.

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