U.S. court says Biden administration can likely limit immigration arrests

September 23, 2021

Sept 3, 2021 (10:49AM)- A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday said the Biden administration could continue to limit who can be arrested by U.S. immigration agents pending the outcome of its appeal of a federal judge's ruling that blocked a memo outlining new enforcement priorities. The Biden administration has ramped up its efforts in refocusing ICE arrests to convicted criminals and those who pose a threat to public safety. Since the Biden administration took office, ICE arrests have been at an all time low and deportation proceedings have largely been the result of ICE arrests made prior to January. The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the judge in Texas in an August decision was likely wrong that federal law limits the discretion immigration authorities have to decide who should be arrested and placed into deportation proceedings. The guidance was issued shortly after Democratic President Joe Biden succeeded Republican President Donald Trump, whose signature policies included a tough approach to legal and illegal immigration. It is being challenged by the Republican attorney generals of Texas and Louisiana, who say it has led to dozens of convicted criminals being released into their communities and is placing burdens on local law enforcement

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