Undocumented immigrants will receive increased protection from immigration enforcement actions, according to a new set of policies announced by Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection agencies. These policies establish certain “safe zones” in the United States, where immigrants are not to be arrested, interviewed or searched by the immigration authorities.
The list of “safe zones” includes several sites:
– Schools, including daycare facilities, education-related events, and school bus stops when children are present;
– Places of worship, such as synagogues, churches, temples, and mosques;
– Hospitals and other health care facilities;
– Funerals, weddings, and other similar religious and civil ceremonies;
– Public demonstrations.
Enforcement actions will be avoided in these sensitive locations whenever possible, except for situations related to terrorism, national security, public safety, or certain ongoing criminal cases. When such circumstances occur, enforcement actions must be conducted carefully and ensuring the safety and well-being of any participants.
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