The Biden Administration recently announced a return to a priority-based system with respect to immigration enforcement. The new guidelines will apply to thosel facing deportation for violations of the country’s immigration laws.
Temporary measures were in place earlier this year. These new guidelines, which will replace the temporary measures at the end of November, are designed largely to continue the policies put in place by the temporary measures.
The guidelines have two features
First, authorities will prioritize deporting people who do not have proper authorization to be in the United States and who have a connection to terrorism activity or pose some other threat to national security.
Also high on the list are people who have a criminal history which demonstrates that they may threaten the safety and security of the public.
The second feature of the new guidelines is that individual immigration officers are going to have a fair amount of discretion in deciding against whom to enforce immigration law against. In other words, an officer will have a larger role in deciding who can stay and who may be forced to return home.
Deportation defense may still be necessary for Pennsylvania residents
These developments offer some hope to people in Pennsylvania who have an irregular immigration status. The change may also help people who have been convicted of what are technically deportable crimes but which do not raise major questions about public safety.
However, it is important to remember that lower priority enforcement does not mean a person has no risk of getting deported.
Deportation has serious consequences, especially if it means that a person will have to leave behind a family or a life that he or she has built up over years. Someone facing the possibility of deportation should consider the legal options carefully.