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Immigration Law

ICE Announces 'Enhanced' Custody Procedures

ICE announces enhanced oversight and release procedures for custody determinations involving detainees with criminal convictions

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced enhanced oversight and release procedures for custody determinations involving individuals with criminal convictions.

"Like Secretary Johnson, I am determined to do what we can to improve and reform our immigration system within the confines of existing law," said ICE Director Sarah R. Saldaña. "Today’s announcement is an example of this, and I believe it will enhance public safety and public confidence in our enforcement and administration of the immigration laws."

The primary mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is to keep America safe, including from threats posed by individuals with criminal records who come into ICE custody. To that end, and consistent with DHS’s civil immigration enforcement priorities, we have focused our detention and removal resources on public safety and national security threats to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep America safe. ICE is committed to making certain that both mandatory and discretionary releases are executed in a way that promotes public safety and protects our communities. Last year, Secretary Johnson directed ICE leadership to re-assess the decision-making process that leads to a determination to set a bond amount or otherwise allow the release of an individual with a criminal conviction, and the factors that contribute to that decision. As a result of this review, ICE is instituting the following enhanced policies and procedures with regard to the potential release of individuals with a criminal conviction... ." - ICE, Mar. 18, 2015.