A federal task force looked into DHS’ deportation policies and
concluded that holding undocumented immigrants suspected only of traffic violations for deportation is not an appropriate policy or
a wise use of the government’s resources.

Last week, DHS released its response to
the task force’s findings and noted that some policies would be
refined. Under the refinement, when immigrants are arrested
solely for minor driving-related offenses and do not have prior
criminal records, the government will begin seeking detainers
only after they are convicted; “ICE agrees that enforcement
action based solely on a charge for a minor traffic offense is
generally not an efficient use of government resources,” said the
DHS response.

Is this a meaningful change or not? Share your
thoughts with us at mailto:editor@ilw.com. For more information, continue reading a New York Times recap of DHS’ statements here.

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