Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Implements 100-Day Deportation Moratorium

On January 20, 2021, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security David Pekoske signed a memorandum directing, per President Biden’s January 20, 2021, executive order, that Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) review enforcement policies and set interim policies while DHS develops final priorities.

Beginning January 22, 2021, DHS will pause the vast majority of removals (deportations), with limited exceptions. High priority removals will still take place, specifically with regard to individuals who have engaged in or are suspected of having engaged in terrorism or espionage or pose a danger to national security, individuals not physically present in the United States on November 1, 2020, and individuals who knowingly and voluntarily waived their right to remain in the United States.

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