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US to limit immigration arrests at courthouses under Biden

US to limit immigration arrests at courthouses under Biden
Posted at 4:58 PM, Apr 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-27 16:58:35-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is placing limits on immigration arrests at courthouses around the country after the practice sparked criticism under President Donald Trump.

A change of policy announced Tuesday by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas authorizes arrests at courthouses in cases of national security, a threat to public safety or in an emergency. But the new policy prohibits routine immigration enforcement at or near courthouses.

Mayorkas says Trump-era arrests at courthouses had a “chilling effect” on people's willingness to come to court or work with law enforcement.

The administration has directed Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to focus on people who pose a national security threat or have committed more serious crimes.