The Department of Homeland and Security (DHS) announced that it is suspending the deportations of certain noncitizens for 100 days.
On Wednesday night, DHS Secretary David Pekoske signed a memorandum directing the department’s agencies including the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review policies and practices related to immigration enforcement.
The memorandum also directed the DHS agencies to reset enforcement policies and set interim policies for civil enforcement during the review process.
“For 100 days, starting January 22, 2021, DHS will pause removals for certain noncitizens ordered deported to ensure we have a fair and effective immigration enforcement system focused on protecting national security, border security, and public safety,” according to the department.
In addition, the DHS explained that the suspension of deportations will “ensure that its resources are dedicated to responding to the most pressing challenges that the United States faces, including immediate operational challenges at the southwest border in the midst of the most serious global public health crisis in a century.”