ICE agents will not stop people on their way to work or school, says Department of Homeland Security

Participants in a demonstration in Washington DC to claim a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants.

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The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, assured in an interview with Noticias Telemundo that immigration agents they will not detain undocumented people on their way to work or to schools.

“ICE agents will not pick people up when they are on their way to work or school,” the official said Thursday in the context of the announcement about the end of the massive Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) raids on workplaces. .

Mayorkas, of Cuban origin and the first Latino and immigrant to occupy the position, insisted that the priority for the Administration he represents will be deport those who constitute a danger to public safety or national.

“This is something that we have been working on for some time now, making sure that our policing is carried out in a humane and responsible manner,” he explained. “I decided that to achieve this we should focus our efforts on employers who are unscrupulous and take advantage of vulnerable people who do not have documents or a legal presence in the United States,” added the interviewee.

In the exchange, the secretary was questioned about the blockade in the federal Congress to approve a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented people as part of the $ 3.5 billion stimulus package.

Mayorkas urged legislators to agree to an agreement to advance the discussion. He also defended the policies that the Biden Administration has taken to change the immigration system.

“The guidelines that I issued on September 30 are very powerful examples of what this government can do, is doing, and will continue to do,” he highlighted when referring to the order that prohibits the deportation of migrants just because they do not have the documentation to stay in the US

On the increase in unaccompanied migrant children, the spokesperson indicated that the agency seeks to guarantee dignified treatment for minors.

“What we do when we come across an unaccompanied minor is take him into our custody and deliver him as quickly as possible to Healthcare, until that child can be placed in the care of a family member, a parent, a legal guardian or another qualified sponsor, ”Mayorkas said.

According to data from Border Protection and Customs (CBP), the cases of children who crossed the border without their parents or guardians increased by 163% in fiscal year 2021 compared to the previous year.

Regarding the new federal government rules to reopen land and air borders to people fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Mayorkas clarified that it does not mean an invitation for undocumented immigrants to enter the United States.

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