ICE Takes a New Direction Under Biden Administration

Washington Post I May 25, 2021

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

At the detention centers and county jails that the Trump administration once filled with immigrants facing deportation, thousands of beds are now empty. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers that President Donald Trump lavished with praise have far less to do on the streets of U.S. cities these days.

“They have begun to do a lot of things to roll back the worst pieces of Trump administration policies, and their biggest accomplishment has been changing immigration enforcement in the interior to scale back who is being detained,” -Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)

Several House Democrats are pleading with the Biden Administration to close down the agency altogether however, the Biden Administration have decided to restrict ICE's movements by maintaining a close watch on all agency activity. Mayorkas and the Biden Administration have eliminated the arrest quota requirement from ICE officials in an effort to improve the agency's law enforcement work.

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