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April 13, 2023
A new Biden directive furthers a decrease in deportations of illegal immigrants by releasing and helping those who are victims of crime.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers are ordered to look for signs of crime and then aid the illegal immigrant in finding legal help and illegal immigrant federal benefits. “A victim-centered approach encourages victim cooperation with law enforcement, engenders trust in ICE agents and officers, and bolsters faith in the entire criminal justice and civil immigration systems,” the directive reads.
ICE goes on to suggest constitutionality of the order, “The duty to protect and assist noncitizen crime victims is enshrined in, among other laws, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA),1F 2 the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA),2F 3 and their respective reauthorizations.”
Depending on the state they reside in, undocumented or illegal immigrants do not receive equal protection under the law, however, “Congress created victim-based immigration benefits to encourage noncitizen victims to seek assistance and report crimes committed against them despite their undocumented status.”
A recent surge in illegal immigrants at the southern border has also brought criminal nationals. As of June, nearly 7,000 criminal noncitizens have been caught at the border since the beginning of the 2021 fiscal year. The Biden administration’s reversal of Trump-era border policies is not supported by the majority of Americans,
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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