New ICE Prosecutorial Discretion Memorandum on Keeping Immigrant Families Together
Ted Hesson of ABC News has the latest on the new ICE Memorandum issued on August 23, 2013 with his article titled “New Obama Immigration Policy Goes Easier On Parents”
From the article:
The new memo is a reminder that agents can — and should — consider that the person they’re taking into custody might have a family, and that detention can have broader repercussions.
In particular, it says that federal immigration officials have the power to offer alternatives to detention for certain parents:
“It clarifies that ICE officers and agents may, on a case-by-case basis, utilize alternatives to detention for these individuals particularly when the detention of a non-criminal alien would result in a child being left without an appropriate parental caregiver,” said Brandon Montgomery, a spokesperson for ICE.
ICE has provided the copy of the memorandum on its own website.
Here is the link to the new ICE prosecutorial discretion memorandum issued on August 23, 2013 by Acting ICE Director John Sandweg.